Approach to a definition of the essay as a philosophical genre: critical-literary reflection on the life world that mediates between art and science and with will to truth

Antonio Gutiérrez Pozo


The aim of this article is to try to obtain a definition of the essay as a philosophical genre. In this paper we defend a dialectical idea of literary/artistic genre in which the text participates in the genre but does not belong to it. The essay as genre is open and free. Although it is an identity without limits and given the configuring power of literature, the essay has a minimal essence that we can define as critical-literary reflection with a will of truth installed in the world of life. The essay is also defined by its character of mediation between art and science, the particular and the universal.

Keywords: essay, philosophy, literary genre, minimal essence, identity without limits, art, science.

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