Mirrors to One Another: Emotion and Value in Jane Austen and David Hume / Edition 1

Mirrors to One Another: Emotion and Value in Jane Austen and David Hume / Edition 1

by E. M. Dadlez
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405193484

ISBN-13: 9781405193481

Pub. Date: 05/18/2009

Publisher: Wiley

A compelling exploration of the convergence of Jane Austen’s literary themes and characters with David Hume’s views on morality and human nature.

  • Argues that the normative perspectives endorsed in Jane Austen's novels are best characterized in terms of a Humean approach, and that the merits of Hume's account of ethical, aesthetic and epistemic

Overview

A compelling exploration of the convergence of Jane Austen’s literary themes and characters with David Hume’s views on morality and human nature.

  • Argues that the normative perspectives endorsed in Jane Austen's novels are best characterized in terms of a Humean approach, and that the merits of Hume's account of ethical, aesthetic and epistemic virtue are vividly illustrated by Austen's writing.
  • Illustrates how Hume and Austen complement one another, each providing a lens that allows us to expand and elaborate on the ideas of the other
  • Proposes that literature may serve as a thought experiment, articulating hypothetical cases which allow the reader to test her moral intuitions
  • Contributes to ongoing debates on the philosophy of literature, ethics, and emotion

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405193481
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/18/2009
Series:
New Directions in Aesthetics Series, #9
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

1. How Literature Can Be a Thought Experiment: Alternatives to and Elaborations of Original Accounts.

2. Literary Form and Philosophical Content.

3. Kantian and Artistotelian Accounts of Austen.

4. Hume and Austen on Pleasure, Sentiment, and Virtue.

5. Hume and Austen on Sympathy.

6. Hume's General Point of View and the Novels of Jane Austen.

7. The Useful and the Good in Hume and Austen.

8. Aesthetics and Humean Aesthetic Norms in the Novels of Jane Austen.

9. Hume and Austen on Good People and Good Reasoning.

10. ‘Lovers,' ‘Friends,' and other Endearing Appellations.

11. Hume and Austen on Pride.

12. Hume and Austen on Jealousy, Envy, Malice and the Principle of Comparison.

13. Indolence and Industry in Hume and Austen.

14. What Hume’s Philosophy Contributes to Our Understanding of Austen’s Fiction; What Austen’s Fiction Contributes to Our Understanding of Hume’s Philosophy

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