Philosophy, Literature and the Human Good

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Weston examines the role of literature in philosophical reflection on the significance of life, addressing both the European "Post-Nietzschean" tradition and the increasing importance of these issues for major American and British thinkers.
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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 (
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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

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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