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This volume brings together Nussbaum's published papers on the relationship between literature and philosophy, especially moral philosophy. The papers, many of them previously inaccessible to non-specialist readers, deal with such fundamental issues as the relationship between style and content in the exploration of ethical issues; the nature of ethical attention and ethical knowledge and their relationship to written forms and styles; and the role of the emotions in deliberation and self-knowledge. Nussbaum investigates and defends a conception of ethical understanding which involves emotional as well as intellectual activity, and which gives a certain type of priority to the perception of particular people and situations rather than to abstract rules. She argues that this ethical conception cannot be completely and appropriately stated without turning to forms of writing usually considered literary rather than philosophical. It is consequently necessary to broaden our conception of moral philosophy in order to include these forms. Featuring two new essays and revised versions of several previously published essays, this collection attempts to articulate the relationship, within such a broader ethical inquiry, between literary and more abstractly theoretical elements.


This volume collects my published papers on the relationship between literature and philosophy, especially moral philosophy.

About the Author

Martha C. Nussbaum is Professor of Law and Ethics and the University of Chicago Law School.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Form and Content, Philosophy and Literature

2. The Discernment of Perception: An Aristotelian Conception of Private and Public Rationality

3. Plato on Commensurability and Desire

4. Flawed Crystals: James's The Golden Bowl and Literature as Moral Philosophy

5. "Finely Aware and Richly Responsible": Literature and the Moral Imagination

6. Perceptive Equilibrium: Literary Theory and Ethical Theory

7. Perception and Revolution: The Princess Casamassima and the Political Imagination

8. Sophistry About Conventions

9. Reading for Life

10. Fictions of the Soul

11. Love's Knowledge

12. Narrative Emotions: Beckett's Geneology of Love

13. Love and the Individual: Romantic Rightness and Platonic Aspiration

14. Steerforth's Arm: Love and the Moral Point of View

15. Transcending Humanity

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Nussbaum, Martha Craven
Oxford University Press, USA
Nussbaum, Martha C.
null, Martha C.
New York :
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Literature and morals
Philosophy -- History.
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Philosophy | Ethics
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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