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Paratexts Seeking Understanding: Manuscripts and Aesthetic Cognitivism

School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland
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Religions 2020, 11(10), 523; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11100523
Received: 8 September 2020 / Revised: 6 October 2020 / Accepted: 8 October 2020 / Published: 12 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
This article explores the relationship between manuscripts of ancient religious literature and aesthetic cognitivism, a normative theory of the value of art. Arguing that manuscripts both contain and constitute works of art, we explore paratextuality as a phenomenon that connects manuscript studies to both qualitative and quantitative sides of aesthetic cognitivism. Focusing on our work with a single unpublished gospel manuscript (Dublin, CBL W 139) in the context of a larger project called Paratextual Understanding, we make that case that paratexts have aesthetic functions that allow them to contribute to the knowledge yielded by the larger literary work of which they are a part. We suggest a number of avenues for further research that engages with material culture, non-typography, paratexts, and the arts. View Full-Text
Keywords: aesthetic cognitivism; Eusebian apparatus; gospels; knowledge; New Testament; paratexts; understanding aesthetic cognitivism; Eusebian apparatus; gospels; knowledge; New Testament; paratexts; understanding
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Allen, G.V.; Royle, A.P. Paratexts Seeking Understanding: Manuscripts and Aesthetic Cognitivism. Religions 2020, 11, 523. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11100523

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Allen GV, Royle AP. Paratexts Seeking Understanding: Manuscripts and Aesthetic Cognitivism. Religions. 2020; 11(10):523. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11100523

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Allen, Garrick V., and Anthony P. Royle 2020. "Paratexts Seeking Understanding: Manuscripts and Aesthetic Cognitivism" Religions 11, no. 10: 523. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11100523

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