Can a novelist write philosophically? Even those novelists most commonly deemed “philosophical” have sometimes answered with an emphatic no. Iris Murdoch, the longtime Oxford philosopher and author of some two dozen novels treating highbrow themes like consciousness and morality, argued that philosophy and literature were contrary pursuits.
I’d say they are complementary rather than contrary. Let’s take the definitions of philosophy:
1. Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline.
Here substitute “by imaginative means and literary self-discipline.”
2. Investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.
And here substitute “based on literary imagination rather than empirical methods.”
I think that works. Do you?