C.S. Lewis and the Personal Opinion Fallacy
Dr. Jason Lepojärvi
A FREE ZOOM LECTURE + Q&A
Thursday March 30, 2023
Perhaps now more than ever, authors can become targets of critics who mistake the views expressed by their characters, plot, or atmosphere for views held by the authors themselves. Authors then begin to censor themselves, fearing that the opinions expressed in their art will be equated with their own. The end result is a bland, homogenous world of fiction, lacking in both diversity of perspective and vigor of expression.
In this lecture, Dr. Jason Lepojärvi will reflect on this particular form of literary misreading and its contribution to other literary maladies. This form of misreading is closely related to what C. S. Lewis and E.M.W. Tillyard called “The Personal Heresy” and what W. K. Wimsatt and M. C. Beardsley called “The Intentional Fallacy,” but is distinct from both. Dr. Lepojärvi will present an argument based on Lewis’s writing which can serve as a possible solution to this pervasive literary fallacy.
The lecture will be followed by an open Q&A.
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“C.S. Lewis and the Personal Opinion Fallacy” by Dr. Jason Lepojärvi
Dr. Jason Lepojärvi
PHD, UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI
Dr. Jason Lepojärvi (pronounced Leh-poh-yar-vee) is C.S. Lewis Associate Professor of Theology and Literature at George Fox University, former Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Thorneloe University, President of the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society, and Junior Research Fellow in Theology at St. Benet’s Hall in Oxford. Lepojärvi serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Inklings Studies and is regularly invited to speak internationally on “The Inklings,” for example, in Brazil, England, Canada, USA, Germany, Denmark, Finland, and Spain. His scholarly publications on theology, philosophy, ethics, literature, and politics have appeared in Harvard Theological Review, Religious Studies, and Politics and Religion, among other journals. He lives in Ontario, Canada, with his wife Iisa and their three small children.
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