Huck Finn, Moral Reasons and Sympathy

Philosophy 87 (04):583-593 (2012)
Abstract
In his influential paper 'The Conscience of Huckleberry Finn', Jonathan Bennett suggests that Huck's failure to turn in the runaway slave Jim as his conscience — a conscience distorted by racism — tells him he ought to is not merely right but also praiseworthy. James Montmarquet however argues against what he sees here as Bennett's 'anti-intellectualism' in moral psychology that insofar as Huck lacks and so fails to act on the moral belief that he should help Jim his action is not praiseworthy. In this paper I suggest that we should reject Montmarquet's claim here; that the case of Huck Finn indicates rather how many of our everyday moral responses to others do not and need not depend on any particular moral beliefs we hold about them or their situation
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 11,365
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Similar books and articles
Anders Schinkel (2011). Huck Finn, Moral Language and Moral Education. Journal of Philosophy of Education 45 (3):511-525.
John Fennel (2002). Huck Finn and Moral Argument. Teaching Philosophy 25 (3):227-236.
Carol Freedman (1997). The Morality of Huck Finn. Philosophy and Literature 21 (1):102-113.
Deborah Mower (2009). Teaching Ethics Via Sympathy. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 23 (1):51-60.
Douglas Chismar (1988). Hume's Confusion About Sympathy. Philosophy Research Archives 14:237-246.
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2012-10-05

Total downloads

3 ( #297,395 of 1,102,739 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

2 ( #182,643 of 1,102,739 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.