Philosophy, Literature and the Human Good

Philosophy, Literature and the Human Good

by Michael Weston
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415243384
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1Life as Art: Kant, Schlegel, Nietzsche1
2Georges Bataille: the impossible19
3Maurice Blanchot: literature's space37
4Jacques Derrida: the staging of deconstruction51
5Iris Murdoch: the transcendent good69
6Martha Nussbaum: moral fortune84
7Richard Rorty: philosophy as literature100
8Stanley Cavell: language, therapy and perfectionism114
9A Kierkegaardian intervention132
10D. Z. Phillips: the mediation of sense140
11A concluding reading: Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim156
Notes177
Bibliography195
Index197

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