Abstract

Abstract:

The problem of induction is affective as well as epistemic: how ought we to feel about the limits of human cognition? This question is pursued through H. P. Lovecraft's 1927 short story, "The Colour Out of Space." Lovecraft explores the meaning of our epistemic frailty, drawing on George Santayana's Scepticism and Animal Faith. His narrative elicits inductive vertigo, the fear that our concepts fail to carve nature at the joints.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 39-54
Launched on MUSE
2021-06-29
Open Access
No
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