Mirrors to One Another: Emotion and Value in Jane Austen and David Hume

Wiley-Blackwell (2009)

Eva Dadlez
University of Central Oklahoma
A compelling exploration of the convergence of Jane Austen’s literary themes and characters with David Hume’s views on morality and human nature. Argues that the normative perspectives endorsed in Jane Austen's novels are best characterized in terms of a Humean approach, and that the merits of Hume's account of ethical, aesthetic and epistemic virtue are vividly illustrated by Austen's writing. Illustrates how Hume and Austen complement one another, each providing a lens that allows us to expand and elaborate on the ideas of the other Proposes that literature may serve as a thought experiment, articulating hypothetical cases which allow the reader to test her moral intuitions Contributes to ongoing debates on the philosophy of literature, ethics, and emotion
Keywords Literature and morals  Ethics in literature  Literature Philosophy  Hume
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Call number PR4038.P5.D33 2009
ISBN(s) 9781444310405   9781405193481   1405193484
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