Philosophy, Literature and the Human Good

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Overview

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.

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Weston (philosophy, University of Essex) considers the relationships between philosophy and literature, both in terms of the values they promote and with a view to their separate approaches to understanding human life. Each chapter considers one element in the connection between literature and philosophy, relating it to the work of a particular thinker. Among the philosophers discussed are Kant, Nietzsche, Bataille, Blanchot, Derrida, Murdoch, Nussbaum, Rorty, Cavell, Kierkegaard, and Philips. The final chapter offers a philosophical reading of Conrad's novel . ^ Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415243384
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Weston is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Essex

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
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
Notes 177
Bibliography 195
Index 197
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