Volume 97, Issue 1, January 2014
The Philosophy of Robert Musil
Musil’s Metaphilosophical View
Between Philosophical Naturalism and Philosophy as Literature
This paper is aboutMusil’s view of the relation between science, literature, and philosophy. It situatesMusil’s position in metaphilosophical space in between the traditional conception of philosophy, philosophical naturalism and the view that philosophy is a kind of literary genre.Musil defends a unique combination of philosophical naturalism and philosophy as literature which is superior to more standard versions of these views. He uses a sophisticated joint literary and scientific strategy of argument to support this view which is carefully reconstructed.