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In this provocative new examination of the philosophical, moral and religious significance of literature, Michael Weston explores the role of literature in both analytic and continental traditions. He initiates a dialogue between them and investigates the growing importance of these issues for major contemporary thinkers.
Each chapter explores a philosopher or literary figure who has written on the relation between literature and the good life, such as Derrida, Kierkegaard, Murdoch and Blanchot. Challenging and insightful, Philosophy, Literature and the Human Good is ideal for all students of philosophy and literature.
|1||Life as Art: Kant, Schlegel, Nietzsche||1|
|2||Georges Bataille: the impossible||19|
|3||Maurice Blanchot: literature's space||37|
|4||Jacques Derrida: the staging of deconstruction||51|
|5||Iris Murdoch: the transcendent good||69|
|6||Martha Nussbaum: moral fortune||84|
|7||Richard Rorty: philosophy as literature||100|
|8||Stanley Cavell: language, therapy and perfectionism||114|
|9||A Kierkegaardian intervention||132|
|10||D. Z. Phillips: the mediation of sense||140|
|11||A concluding reading: Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim||156|