Love's Knowledge

Love's Knowledge : Essays on Philosophy and Literature

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This volume brings together Martha Nussbaum's published papers, some revised for this collection, on the relationship between literature and philosophy, especially moral philosophy. It also includes two new essays and a substantial Introduction.

The papers, many of them previously not readily available to non-specialist readers, explore such fundamental issues as the relationship between style and content in the exploration of ethical questions; the nature of ethical attention and ethical knowledge and their relationship to written forms and style; and the role of the emotions in deliberation and self-knowledge. The author investigates and defends a conception of ethical understanding which involves emotional as well as intellectual
activity, and which gives a certain type of priority to the perception of particular people and situations rather than to abstract rule.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 422 pages
  • 154 x 235 x 28mm | 675g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195074858
  • 9780195074857
  • 190,639

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This volume collects my published papers on the relationship between literature and philosophy, especially moral philosophy.
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Table of contents

1: Introduction: Form and Content, Philosophy and Literature
2: The Discernment of Perception: An Aristotelian Conception of Private and Public Rationality
3: Plato on Commensurability and Desire
4: Flawed Crystals: James's The Golden Bowl and Literature as Moral Philosophy
5: "Finely Aware and Richly Responsible": Literature and the Moral Imagination
6: Perceptive Equilibrium: Literary Theory and Ethical Theory
7: Perception and Revolution: The Princess Casamassima and the Political Imagination
8: Sophistry About Conventions
9: Reading for Life
10: Fictions of the Soul
11: Love's Knowledge
12: Narrative Emotions: Beckett's Geneology of Love
13: Love and the Individual: Romantic Rightness and Platonic Aspiration
14: Steerforth's Arm: Love and the Moral Point of View
15: Transcending Humanity
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Review quote

The lucid and penetrating essays in Love's Knowledge demonstrate that Martha Nussbaum is the finest philosophic mind of her generation. * Philosophy and Literature * one of the most original books published [in 1991], a hugely stimulating read, which returns us with thoughts refreshed to some of our best-loved authors and brings philosophy back to earth in the process * Mark Archer, Observer *
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About Martha C. Nussbaum

Martha C. Nussbaum is Professor of Law and Ethics and the University of Chicago Law School.
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