21.5.12

Exegesis




If you enjoyed the rotoscoped animated film A Scanner Darkly, as well as Minority Report and Blade Runner, then you are likely to be a Philip K. Dick fan.   As you read the article excerpt by Simon Critchly, you get a sense that Phil would probably consider the fact that you might only enjoy the film adaptations of his novels to be no insult to his work.    He wrote as an inspired philosopher, and by avoiding a completely analytical approach, he made concepts more accessible as part of a narrative.     As an artist trying to embrace the purest form of ideas he seemed grateful that his work was interpreted in film and spoke positively of Blade Runner, despite never seeing the whole film.  

Yet Dick managed to create over a thousand pages of non-fiction based philosophy in the years before his death, and within those writings he commented on his own style

In a later remark in “Exegesis,” Dick writes, “I am a fictionalizing philosopher, not a novelist.” He interestingly goes on to add, “The core of my writing is not art but truth.” We seem to be facing an apparent paradox, where the concern with truth, the classical goal of the philosopher, is not judged to be in opposition to fiction, but itself a work a fiction. 


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