On Moral Personhood: Philosophy, Literature, Criticism, and Self-Understanding

Journal of Religious Ethics 26 (2):409-431 (1998)

Richard Eldridge
Swarthmore College
Martha Nussbaum
University of Chicago
Frank Palmer, Richard Eldridge, and Martha Nussbaum explore the contributions that imaginative literature can make to ethics. From three different moral philosophical perspectives, they argue that reading literature can help persons to achieve greater moral understanding. This essay examines how each author conceives of moral understanding, particularly in its emotional dimension, and how each thinks that reading literature can promote moral understanding. The essay also considers some implications of this work for religious ethics
Keywords Kant, Immanuel   Literature   Literature, Modern   Philosophical anthropology   Philosophy in literature   Self-perception in literature
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