Fictive Narrative Philosophy and the Vietnam War in the United States

By: Michael Boylan  

My paper assumes the stance of Fictive Narrative Philosophy as set out in my recent book to examine how various segments of the anti-Vietnam protest movements in the United States formed their reaction to the war. The artistic vehicle for this exploration is my recent philosophical novel: T-Tx—the History of a Radical Leader (2019). The novel presents various visions of different protest movements as they work and fight together. The exposition is set under the literary frame of a supposed work on history as told by a contemporary historian and his daughter. Thus, we are presented not only with stories about protesters but the framing of the whole thing (a discussion about a national war) from an historical perspective. My approach sets these positions out and suggests ways the discussion can take place in the informal sessions.

War, Civilian Reaction, Literature, Crisis in Democracy
2020 Special Focus - Against the Grain: Arts and the Crisis of Democracy
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Michael Boylan

Professor, Philosophy, Marymount University