Booth Love's Knowledge seems to me by all odds the best modern discussion of the ways in which what we call philosophy and what we call literature interrelate. Only in them do we experience, albeit in vicarious form, the kinds of choices that real life presents: Booth how a virtuous person would choose, always modulating general moral principles by reference to close perceptions of particular circumstances.
Yet the measure of this book's power is that it stimulates us to raise serious questions like these, not as rhetorical, but as genuinely inviting Nussbaum's response. This may be justifiable, but for anyone who is familiar with the recent theories of literature, it cannot simply be taken for granted.
Better choices are her references to Dickens. She argues that this ethical conception cannot be completely and appropriately stated without turning to forms of writing usually considered literary rather than philosophical.
Better choices are her references to Dickens. She is right that Henry James is perceptive in his attention to the often subtle moments of moral living, but some of his novels, The Golden Bowl in particular, are not a particularly inviting or engaging narratives.
We find little argument concerning her view of the role of the reader, the historical contexts of works of fiction, or their relationship to reality. It is consequently necessary to broaden our conception of moral philosophy in order to include these forms.
Nussbaum 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 rules.
In a series of essays Nussbaum shows how the What's more, the discourse we call philosophy will be best performed when it acknowledges its indebtedness, and in at least one dimension its subordination, to the ethical work of the "poets.
Philosophy by its nature does not provide us with that experience. The Discernment of Perception: She argues that moral decisions should not be made using logical arguments but on the basis on an intuitive vision of particular persons and situations in all their ambiguities and nuances as well as on the emotional commitments of all the people involved.
Only fine narratives can engage us in the detailed sharing of choices with morally alert characters, as they struggle not only with abstract principles but with and through "fine perceptions" that can both underline and challenge abstract principles.
I had to re-read David Copperfield to fully appreciate the arguments about the concept of love in this book and re-visit Henry James. It is also true that to be congenial is in some circumstances enough to be moral.
But I'm reading it now because of her emphasis on the narrative structure of our practical reasoning, a theme that I am returning to after my month of non-stop MacIntyre reading in preparation for his 80th birthday bash in Ireland.
Paperback "Martha Nussbaum's philosophy assumed an ambivalent attitude towards the volatile subject of emotion You are not currently authenticated. Nussbaum conceives moral philosophy neither as the formulation and systematization of rules; nor as the identification of "virtues" constitutive of a good character.
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Second, they impose abstract principles on situations that are unique and complex. By contrast, the examples created by philosophers are thin and lack support. However, its distinctive contribution consists in drawing attention to the importance of literature for moral philosophy.
The writing is dense, but sheds light on the way that the two forms of writing and thinking can be brought together for the reader to allow for a richer understanding of the intric This philosophy text engages in a close and deep exploration of the relationship between literature and philosophy for moral life.
Her precaution not to offend anyone, her tact, and her obsession with the appearance of harmony may be perceived as hypocrisy and deception. Featuring two new essays and revised versions of several previously published essays, this collection attempts to articulate the relationship, within such a broader ethical inquiry, between literary and more abstractly theoretical elements.
It is consequently necessary to broaden our conception of moral philosophy in order to include these forms. Anyone who wants to think about how literature and philosophy can serve each other should not just read this book but study it and return to its complex arguments again and again.
Nov 26, Kimberley Parzuchowski rated it it was amazing This philosophy text engages in a close and deep exploration of the relationship between literature and philosophy for moral life.
The writing is dense, but sheds light on the way that the two forms of writing and thinking can be brought together for the reader to allow for a richer understanding of the intricate complexities human condition and how to navigate life and relationships with a more aptly responsive moral perception and practice.
Nussbaum's emphasis has typically been on the poverty of a moral philosophy that fails to use the great resources provided by literature. Its chief claim is that "literature," especially fictional narratives, can perform a philosophical role that eludes all discursive philosophy.This volume brings together Martha Nussbaum's published papers, some revised for this collection, on the relationship between literature and philosophy, especially moral philosophy.5/5.
Nussbaum, M () Love’s Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature. This book draws attention to the important role that can be played by imaginative literature in moral understanding – a theme often stressed by Nussbaum. Indeed, that is her project: to view philosophy not through abstract and rigorous analysis using the language of philosophy, but rather through the narrative and emotional expression of great literature.
Love's Knowledge Essays on Philosophy and Literature Martha C. Nussbaum. Brings together Nussbaum's published papers on the relationship between literature and philosophy.Download