Understanding narratives is understanding the world and understanding lives and history, since we structure and understand the world and lives and history through narratives.
Hints of a hermeneutical circle?
Well, yes, perhaps so! I am a sucker for things hermeneutical, though I prefer to use the image of a hermeneutical spiral.
An arm on the spiral … https://narrativetheoryandnarratology.hcommons.org/2020/10/09/understanding-narratives/#comment-2465 and thanks to José Angel for sending me back to graduate school and the heady literary and philosophical concepts of possible and fictional worlds and their connection to the actual world.
Noesis and poesis would seem to be, though, also involved in a dialectic relationship of mutual implication or dialectics, rather than being only polarities, which they are in a way. Thanks for the ref., François!
And now to add another arm to the spiral… I want to read those resources on the nature of history that José Angel posted (in anticipation?) https://narrativetheoryandnarratology.hcommons.org/2020/09/25/telling-times/