Journal of Religious Ethics 33 (3):445-485 (2005)
|Abstract||The social novel ought not to be confused with didacticism in literature and ought not to be expected to provide prescriptions for the cure of social ills. Neither should it necessarily be viewed as ephemeral. After examining justifications of the social novel offered by William Dean Howells (in the 1880s) and Jonathan Franzen (in the 1990s), the author explores the way in which social novels alter perceptions and responses at levels of sensibility that are not usually susceptible to rational argument, push back moral horizons, contribute to the creation of social conscience, and expose the complexity and contextuality of moral discernment. As a concrete example, Howells's 1889 novel "A Hazard of New Fortunes" is analyzed (and defended against its detractors) in terms of its sophisticated treatment of the dilemmas that arise from a recognition of personal complicity in structural sin, its disclosure of the context-indexed evolution of values, and its attention to the importance and fragility of social trust|
|Keywords||social trust H. Sidgwick middle class W. D. Howells social novel J. Franzen social ethics moral discourse|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Richard Harvey Brown (1989). Social Science as Civic Discourse: Essays on the Invention, Legitimation, and Uses of Social Theory. University of Chicago Press.
Barbara Applebaum (2005). In the Name of Morality: Moral Responsibility, Whiteness and Social Justice Education. Journal of Moral Education 34 (3):277-290.
Laurence Thomas (1989). Living Morally: A Psychology of Moral Character. Temple University Press.
Philip L. Tite (2009). Valentinian Ethics and Paraenetic Discourse: Determining the Social Function of Moral Exhortation in Valentinian Christianity. Brill.
John D. Greenwood (2011). On the Social Dimensions of Moral Psychology. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 41 (4):333-364.
Jonathan Haidt (2001). The Emotional Dog and Its Rational Tail. Psychological Review 108 (4):Psychological Review.
Blakey Vermeule (2000). The Party of Humanity: Writing Moral Psychology in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Mukesh Sud, Craig V. VanSandt & Amanda M. Baugous (2009). Social Entrepreneurship: The Role of Institutions. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 85 (1):201 - 216.
Andrew Sneddon (2007). A Social Model of Moral Dumbfounding: Implications for Studying Moral Reasoning and Moral Judgment. Philosophical Psychology 20 (6):731 – 748.
John Wall (2005). The Creative Imperative: Religious Ethics and the Formation of Life in Common. Journal of Religious Ethics 33 (1):45 - 64.
Judith G. Smetana (1999). The Role of Parents in Moral Development: A Social Domain Analysis. Journal of Moral Education 28 (3):311-321.
Jessica Prata Miller (2000). A Critical Moral Ethnography of Social Distrust. Social Philosophy Today 16:141-158.
Steve Fuller (2011). Humanity 2.0: What It Means to Be Human Past, Present and Future. Palgrave Macmillan.
Jay L. Garfield (2001). Buddhism and Democracy. The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 2001:157-172.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2010-08-24
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?