Henry James and Modern Moral Life

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This important new book argues that Henry James' fiction reveals a sophisticated theory of moral understanding and moral motivation. The claim is that James is engaged in a distinctive kind of original thinking and reflecting on modern moral life in his novels and short stories. The book offers important new interpretations of many novels as well as several short stories. It is written by one of the pre-eminent interpreters of the modern European philosophical tradition and will interest philosophers as well as ...

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Overview

This important new book argues that Henry James' fiction reveals a sophisticated theory of moral understanding and moral motivation. The claim is that James is engaged in a distinctive kind of original thinking and reflecting on modern moral life in his novels and short stories. The book offers important new interpretations of many novels as well as several short stories. It is written by one of the pre-eminent interpreters of the modern European philosophical tradition and will interest philosophers as well as literary critics. Moreover, the style is completely non-technical, with no reliance on contemporary literary or philosophical theory, and will therefore be accessible to students and general readers.

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"Throughout, his observations bring to light problems, ambiguities, and arguments not always treated in discussions of these works." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521655477
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2014
  • Edition description: 1 PBK ED
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 1,139,854
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; 1. Modern morals; 2. 'A kind of morbid modernity?'; 3. 'Crudities of mutual resistance'; 4. Beasts, secrets, and ghosts; 5. Isabel Archer's 'beastly pure mind'; 6. The 'strange logic' of Lambert Strether's 'Double consciousness'; 7. '… without your life, what have you got?' Concluding remarks; Texts by James; Bibliography.

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