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  1. Dante's Understanding of the Two Ends of Human Desire and the Relationship Between Philosophy and Theology.Jason Aleksander - 2011 - Journal of Religion 91 (2):158-187.
    I discuss Dante’s understanding that human existence is “ordered by two final goals” and how this understanding defines philosophy’s and theology’s respective scopes of authority in guiding human conduct. I show that, while Dante devalues the philosophical authority associated with the traditional Aristotelian emphasis on the significance of contemplative activity, he does so in order to highlight philosophy’s ethico-political authority to guide human conduct toward its “earthly beatitude.” Moreover, I argue that, although Dante subordinates earthly beatitude to spiritual beatitude, he (...)
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  2. A Logical Redeemer: Kirillov in Dostoevsky’s 'Demons'.Derek Allan - 2014 - Journal of European Studies 44 (2).
    The engineer Kirillov, a major character in Dostoevsky's 'Demons', has provoked considerable critical disagreement. In 'The Myth of Sisyphus', Albert Camus argues that he expresses the theme of ‘logical suicide’ with ‘the most admirable range and depth’. Some recent commentators, however, have dismissed Kirillov as a madman in the grip of a mad theory. -/- While dissenting from Camus’s analysis in certain respects, this article offers an interpretation consistent with his basic argument. Kirillov’s suicide is based on a simple, if (...)
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  3. André Malraux: The Commitment to Action in 'La Condition Humaine'.Derek Allan - 1988 - In Harold Bloom (ed.), André Malraux's Man's Fate. Chelsea House.
    Discusses the function of action in Malraux's third and most famous novel.
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  4. The Psychology of a Terrorist: Tchen in 'La Condition Humaine'.Derek Allan - 1982 - Nottingham French Studies 21 (1):48-66.
    Discusses the psychology of the terrorist Tchen in Malraux's 'Man's Fate'.
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  5. Picturing the Human: The Moral Thought of Iris Murdoch.Maria Antonaccio - 2000 - Oxford University Press.
    Iris Murdoch has long been known as one of the most deeply insightful and morally passionate novelists of our time. This attention has often eclipsed Murdoch's sophisticated and influential work as a philosopher, which has had a wide-ranging impact on thinkers in moral philosophy as well as religious ethics and political theory. Yet it has never been the subject of a book-length study in its own right. Picturing the Human seeks to fill this gap. In this groundbreaking book, author Maria (...)
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  6. David Foster Wallace on the Good Life.Nathan Ballantyne & Justin Tosi - 2015 - In Steven M. Cahn & Maureen Eckert (eds.), Freedom and the Self: Essays on the Philosophy of David Foster Wallace. Columbia University Press. pp. 133-168.
    This chapter presents David Foster Wallace's opinion about the three positions regarding the good life—ironism, hedonism, and narrative theories. Ironism involves distancing oneself from everything one says or does, and putting on Wallace's so-called “mask of ennui.” Wallace said that the notion appeals to ironists because it insulates them from criticism. However, he reiterated that ironists can be criticized for failing to value anything. Hedonism states that a good life consists in pleasure. Wallace rejected such a notion, doubting that pleasure (...)
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  7. Book Review: The Sacred Game: The Role of the Sacred in the Genesis of Modern Literary Fiction. [REVIEW]Cesáreo Bandera - 1995 - Philosophy and Literature 19 (1).
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  8. Hegel and Shakespeare on Moral Imagination.Jennifer Ann Bates - 2010 - State University of New York Press.
    A Hegelian reading of good and bad luck -- In Shakespearean drama (phen. of spirit, King Lear, Othello, Hamlet, a Midsummer night's dream) -- Tearing the fabric: Hegel's Antigone, Shakespeare's Coriolanus, and kinship-state conflict (phen. of spirit c. 6, Judith Butler's Antigone, Coriolanus) -- Aufhebung and anti-aufhebung: geist and ghosts in Hamlet (phen. of spirit, Hamlet) -- The problem of genius in King Lear: Hegel on the feeling soul and the tragedy of wonder (anthropology and psychology in the encyclopaedia, Philosophy (...)
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  9. Hirsch, Sebald, and the Uses and Limits of Postmemory.Kathy Behrendt - 2013 - In Russell J. A. Kilbourn & Eleanor Ty (eds.), The Memory Effect: The Remediation of Memory in Literature and Film. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. pp. 51-67.
    Marianne Hirsch’s influential concept of postmemory articulates the ethical significance of representing trauma in art and literature. Postmemory, for Hirsch, “describes the relationship of children of survivors of cultural or collective trauma to the experiences of their parents, experiences that they ‘remember’ only as the narratives and images with which they grew up, but that are so powerful, so monumental, as to constitute memories in their own right”. Through appeal to recent philosophical work on memory, the ethics of remembering, and (...)
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  10. Fanny's Moral Limits.Theodore M. Benditt - unknown
    Ever since the publication of Mansfield Park readers and critics have debated how to understand the novel and particularly its heroine Fanny Price. Some have disliked Fanny, have thought of her as prudish and priggish, and perhaps have preferred Mary Crawford and wished for a different ending to the story. Others have defended Fanny’s virtue, her judgment, and her mind, regarding them as quite superior to the virtue, judgment, and minds of all of the other women in the novel, and (...)
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  11. The Hardboiled Detective as Moralist : Ethics in Crime Fiction.Sandrine Berges - 2006 - In T. D. J. Chappell (ed.), Values and Virtues: Aristotelianism in Contemporary Ethics. Oxford University Press.
    In this paper I want to investigate further a claim made by Martha Nussbaum and Wayne Booth, amongst others, that good literature can be morally valuable, by applying it to a certain kind of genre fiction: the modern harboiled detective novel.
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  12. Why Banning Ethical Criticism is a Serious Mistake.Wayne C. Booth - 1998 - Philosophy and Literature 22 (2):366-393.
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  13. Why Ethical Criticism Fell on Hard Times.Wayne C. Booth - 1988 - Ethics 98 (2):278-293.
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  14. When Does Amorality Become Immorality ?Eva T. H. Brann - 1998 - Philosophy and Literature 22 (1):166-170.
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  15. Marlow's Morality.Daniel Brudney - 2003 - Philosophy and Literature 27 (2):318-340.
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  16. Ethics, Literature, and Education.Jacob Buganza - 2012 - Ethics and Education 7 (2):125-135.
    In this article, the author makes attempts to demonstrate that, from the educational standpoint, the relationship between philosophy and literature cannot be overlooked. Even the most remote cultures testify their transmission of moral teaching through literary accounts. In this sense, the author promotes this methodology hence argues that the axial concept structured by ethics is the concept of acknowledgment. Secondly, the author explains how the concept of acknowledgment has been present in contemporary ethical discourses and proposes which he considers fundamental (...)
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  17. Moral and Epistemic Ambiguity in Oedipus Rex.Havi Carel - 2006 - Janus Head 9 (1):91-109.
    This paper challenges the accepted interpretation of Oedipus Rex, which takes Oedipus’ ignorance of the relevant facts to be an established matter. I argue that Oedipus’ epistemic state is ambiguous, and that this in turn generates a moral ambiguity with respect to his actions. Because ignorance serves as a moral excuse, my demonstration that Oedipus was not ignorant bears significantly on the moral meaning of the play. I next propose to anchor this ambiguity in the Freudian notion of the unconscious, (...)
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  18. The Wheel of Virtue: Art, Literature, and Moral Knowledge.Noël Carroll - 2002 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 60 (1):3–26.
    In this essay, then, I would like to address what I believe are the most compelling epistemic arguments against the notion that literature (and art more broadly) can function as an instrument of education and a source of knowledge.
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  19. Art and Ethical Criticism: An Overview of Recent Directions of Research.Noël Carroll - 2000 - Ethics 110 (2):350-387.
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  20. McGinn's Ethics, Evil, and Fiction.Noël Carroll - 2000 - Noûs 34 (4):648–656.
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  21. Using Moral Dilemmas in Children's Literature as a Vehicle for Moral Education and Teaching Reading Comprehension.Lindsay Clare, Ronald Gallimore & G. Genevieve Patthey‐Chavez - 1996 - Journal of Moral Education 25 (3):325-341.
    Abstract Moral development research has previously demonstrated that more extended discourse is a vital element in effective moral education, although the difficulty of implementing this type of discourse into classroom practice has seldom been discussed. In this study, transcripts of lessons were examined of a teacher systematically assisted to develop a more conversational style. These lessons were taped over the course of the school year at different times, beginning in the fall of the year. In addition, writing samples from children (...)
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  22. Review of Michael Weston, Philosophy, Literature, and the Human Good[REVIEW]Vincent Colapietro - 2002 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2002 (2).
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  23. Narrative Art and Moral Knowledge.Oliver Conolly & Bashshar Haydar - 2001 - British Journal of Aesthetics 41 (2):109-124.
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  24. Ethics, Fiction, and the Death of the Other Sartre's `le Mur'.Colin Davis - 1998 - Sartre Studies International 4 (1):1-16.
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  25. Metaphor and Moral Experience.A. E. Denham - 2000 - Oxford University Press.
    Alison Denham examines the ways in which our engagement with literary art, and metaphorical discourse in particular, informs our moral beliefs. She considers to what extent moral and metaphorical discourses are capable of truth or falsehood, warrant or justification, and how it is that we understand these discourses. This vital new study offers a fresh view of the nature of the moral and the metaphorical, and the relations between art and morality.
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  26. Celan's Song: Pictures, Poetry and Epistemic Value.A. E. Denham - 2015 - In John Gibson (ed.), Philosophy & Poetry. Oxford University Press.
  27. Argument and Perception: The Role of Literature in Moral Inquiry.Michael R. DePaul - 1988 - Journal of Philosophy 85 (10):552-565.
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  28. Penser la création littéraire avec Paul Ricœur.Marjolaine Deschênes - 2013 - Fabula/Les Colloques.
    Philosophie de la vivification et de la fragilité, l’œuvre de Paul Ricœur est fertile pour qui veut penser la création littéraire. Cette pratique d’écriture, Ricœur l’envisage comme un procès complexe où l’écrivain s’individualise et s’altère d’un seul geste. Nous le verrons, l’écriture est à ses yeux distanciation, geste d’appropriation médiatisé. Cet écartèlement entre le propre et l’impropre fait la spécificité de l’écriture littéraire, où s’entrelacent la rationalité et l’irrationalité, le savoir et le non-savoir. Après avoir exposé ces vues, je les (...)
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  29. Literary Ethics.Ralph Waldo Emerson - unknown
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  30. The Problem of Reading Confessions: Augustine’s Double Argument Against Drama.Gene Fendt - 1998 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 72:171-184.
    In Augustine's Confessions we can find two arguments against drama. One is entirely Platonic, echoing the problems raised in Republic 2 and 3 that representations of evil encourage moral turpitude. The other, an echo of Republic 10, is much more visible in Confessions, and Augustine is more perspicuous than Plato in laying out the difficulty; it has to do with the immoral effect of suffering grief at staged sufferings, where we are moved neither to escape the suffering nor to aid (...)
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  31. « Ce que les Essais de Montaigne nous apprennent sur le pouvoir cognitif et morale de la littérature ».Emiliano Ferrari - 2016 - Essais. Revue Interdisciplinaire D'Humanités (Les usages critiques de Montaign):83-96.
    From Martha Nussbaum to Terence Cave, contemporary literary criticism and philosophy question the moral and cognitive value of literature. Founding their anthropological and moral investigation on a cognitive and pragmatic usage of fictional and non-fictional literature, Montaigne’s Essais offers a striking example of the productive and close relations between literature, philosophy and life.
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  32. Face to Face with It: The Naive Reader's Moral Response to "Ivan Ilych".Comstock Gary - 1986 - Neophilologus 70 (3):321-333.
    This paper argues that a naive reader's moral response to a short story should be considered part of the story's meaning.
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  33. The Problem of Imaginative Resistance.Tamar Szabó Gendler & Shen-yi Liao - 2016 - In John Gibson & Noël Carroll (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature. Routledge. pp. 405-418.
    The problem of imaginative resistance holds interest for aestheticians, literary theorists, ethicists, philosophers of mind, and epistemologists. We present a somewhat opinionated overview of the philosophical discussion to date. We begin by introducing the phenomenon of imaginative resistance. We then review existing responses to the problem, giving special attention to recent research directions. Finally, we consider the philosophical significance that imaginative resistance has—or, at least, is alleged to have—for issues in moral psychology, theories of cognitive architecture, and modal epistemology.
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  34. Literature: Freedom or Evil?Edward Greenwood - 1998 - Sartre Studies International 4 (1):17-29.
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  35. The Tragic as an Ethical Category.Robert Guay - 2006 - Philosophy and Literature 30 (2):555-561.
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  36. What Are We Teaching About Morality by Not Teaching Morality?Michael L. Hall - 1998 - Philosophy and Literature 22 (1):160-165.
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  37. Ontological Humility: Lord Voldemort and the Philosophers.Nancy J. Holland - 2014 - State University of New York Press.
    _Explores ontological humility in the history of philosophy, from Descartes to contemporary gender and race theory._.
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  38. Ontological Humility: Lord Voldemort and the Philosophers.Nancy J. Holland - 2013 - State University of New York Press.
    Explores ontological humility in the history of philosophy, from Descartes to contemporary gender and race theory.
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  39. Lucretius: His Genius and His Moral Philosophy.Schuyler Dean Hoslett - 1939 - Kansas City, the Midland Publishers.
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  40. Moral Values and the Literary Experience.Lawrence W. Hyman - 1966 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 24 (4):539-547.
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  41. On Making Sense of Oneself: Reflections on Julian Barnes's The Sense of an Ending.Dhananjay Jagannathan - 2015 - Philosophy and Literature 39 (1A):106-121.
    Life can be awful. For this to be the stuff of tragedy and not farce, we require a capacity to be more than we presently are. Tony Webster, the narrator of Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending, poses a challenge to this commitment of ethics in his commentary on the instability of memory. But Barnes leads us past this difficulty by showing us that Tony’s real problem is his inability to make sense of himself—a failure of self-knowledge. Tony’s past (...)
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  42. Subtlety and Moral Vision in Fiction.Eileen John - 1995 - Philosophy and Literature 19 (2):308-319.
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  43. The Problem of Evil in Literature.Sholom J. Kahn - 1953 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 12 (1):98-110.
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  44. The Moral Thinking of Macbeth.J. Gregory Keller - 2005 - Philosophy and Literature 29 (1):41-56.
    In her article, "Thinking and Moral Considerations," Hannah Arendt provides a provocative approach to the question of evil by suggesting that banal evil-the most common kind-may arise directly from thoughtlessness. If that is so, thinking may provide an antidote to evil. Learning to think would then offer the individual and society protection against the dangers of thoughtless evil. She further suggests that thinking may clear the way for a form of judging that "when the chips are down" may turn people (...)
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  45. The Ancient Quarrel Revisited: Literary Theory and the Return to Ethics.Joseph G. Kronick - 2006 - Philosophy and Literature 30 (2):436-449.
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  46. The Mute Foundation of Aesthetic Experience?Marguerite La Caze - 2013 - Culture, Theory, and Critique 54 (2):209-224.
    Luiz Cost Lima argues in The Limits of Voice that Kant’s Critique of Judgment plays a pivotal role in furthering aestheticization, or the objectification and universalization of aesthetic experience. He introduces the term criticity to refer to the act of questioning and finds that Kant poses the alternatives of aestheticization and criticity. However, Costa Lima sees Kant and most of the following literary criticism as accepting aestheticization, with exceptions such as Schlegel and Kafka. (xii) He states ‘The effective actualization of (...)
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  47. Sympathy and Scapegoating in J.M. Coetzee.Andy Lamey - 2010 - In Anton Leist & Peter Singer (eds.), J. M. Coetzee and Ethics: Philosophical Perspectives on Literature.
    J.M. Coetzee’s book, 'Elizabeth Costello' is one of the stranger works to appear in recent years. Yet if we focus our attention on the book’s two chapters dealing with animals, two preoccupations emerge. The first sees Coetzee use animals to evoke a particular conception of ethics, one similar to that of the philosopher Mary Midgley. Coetzee’s second theme connects animals to the phenomena of scapegoating, as it has been characterized by the philosophical anthropologist René Girard. While both themes involve human (...)
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  48. J. M. Coetzee and Ethics: Philosophical Perspectives on Literature.Anton Leist & Peter Singer (eds.) - 2010 - Columbia University Press.
    This collection takes stock of J.M. Coetzee's impact from a number of interesting angles, Including animals, sexuality, race, and reason. The time is truly ripe for such a volume.
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  49. Moral Persuasion and the Diversity of Fictions.Shen-yi Liao - 2013 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 94 (3):269-289.
    Narrative representations can change our moral actions and thoughts, for better or for worse. In this article, I develop a theory of fictions' capacity for moral education and moral corruption that is fully sensitive to the diversity of fictions. Specifically, I argue that the way a fiction influences our moral actions and thoughts importantly depends on its genre. This theory promises new insights into practical ethical debates over pornography and media violence.
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  50. The Fictional Character of Pornography.Shen-yi Liao & Sara Protasi - 2013 - In Hans Maes (ed.), Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography. Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 100-118.
    We refine a line of feminist criticism of pornography that focuses on pornographic works' pernicious effects. A.W. Eaton argues that inegalitarian pornography should be criticized because it is responsible for its consumers’ adoption of inegalitarian attitudes toward sex in the same way that other fictions are responsible for changes in their consumers’ attitudes. We argue that her argument can be improved with the recognition that different fictions can have different modes of persuasion. This is true of film and television: a (...)
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