Love's Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature / Edition 1

Love's Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature / Edition 1

by Martha C. Nussbaum
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Oxford University Press, USA
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Love's Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature / Edition 1

This volume brings together Nussbaum's published papers on the relationship between literature and philosophy, especially moral philosophy. The papers, many of them previously inaccessible to non-specialist readers, deal with such fundamental issues as the relationship between style and content in the exploration of ethical issues; the nature of ethical attention and ethical knowledge and their relationship to written forms and styles; and the role of the emotions in deliberation and self-knowledge. Nussbaum investigates and defends a conception of ethical understanding which involves emotional as well as intellectual activity, and which gives a certain type of priority to the perception of particular people and situations rather than to abstract rules. She argues that this ethical conception cannot be completely and appropriately stated without turning to forms of writing usually considered literary rather than philosophical. It is consequently necessary to broaden our conception of moral philosophy in order to include these forms. Featuring two new essays and revised versions of several previously published essays, this collection attempts to articulate the relationship, within such a broader ethical inquiry, between literary and more abstractly theoretical elements.

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ISBN-13: 9780195074857
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/02/1992
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 274,824
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 6.13(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Form and Content, Philosophy and Literature
2. The Discernment of Perception: An Aristotelian Conception of Private and Public Rationality
3. Plato on Commensurability and Desire
4. Flawed Crystals: James's The Golden Bowl and Literature as Moral Philosophy
5. "Finely Aware and Richly Responsible": Literature and the Moral Imagination
6. Perceptive Equilibrium: Literary Theory and Ethical Theory
7. Perception and Revolution: The Princess Casamassima and the Political Imagination
8. Sophistry About Conventions
9. Reading for Life
10. Fictions of the Soul
11. Love's Knowledge
12. Narrative Emotions: Beckett's Geneology of Love
13. Love and the Individual: Romantic Rightness and Platonic Aspiration
14. Steerforth's Arm: Love and the Moral Point of View
15. Transcending Humanity

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