This book is a collection of fourteen essays Martha Nussbaum, a professor of Classics and philosophy at Cornell University, has written on philosophy and literature. They also include discussions of the place of feelings in morality and comparisons of the moral theories of Plato and Aristotle.
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Discussed by Wayne C. Its chief claim is that "literature," especially fictional narratives, can perform a philosophical role that eludes all discursive philosophy. The poets, and especially those who create long, subde, moral tales, capture and embody truths that escape the coarse nets of all non-narrative thought.
In a work that openly relies on Aristotle as its philosophical hero, Nussbaum comes close to going the Master one better by implying that poetry is not only more philosophical than history; it is more philosophical than philosophy.
Poetry at its best, unlike too much philosophy, insists on the particularity and context-boundedness of moral deliberation ; it shows people making choices not according to highly general norms but instead according to nuanced perceptions of character and circumstance.
Booth how a virtuous person would choose, always modulating general moral principles by reference to close perceptions of particular circumstances.
Philosophy by its nature does not provide us with that experience. 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.
Consequendy only such narratives can educate us fully in sensitive moral choice and thus protect us from the misleading abstractions implicit in purely discursive reasoning.
Presumably prolonged, intimate discussion with loved ones in "real life" might rival fictions in complexity and precision.
Nussbaum is mainly concerned with that other rival, philosophy. In her view, even such major philosophers as Plato and Kant, in their pursuit of universal standards, will inevitably mislead us, unless we counteract their elevation of abstract thought over emotion by submerging ourselves in the complexities of real moral choices.
Though Aristotle, better than any other philosopher, can tell us how such choices work, they are made dramatically effective for us only in great poetry, and especially in the great longer fictions: Long narratives teach us best because in them we dwell intimately with human characters who face genuinely pressing, complex, and precise moral dilemmas.
Only in them do we experience, albeit in vicarious form, the kinds of choices that real life presents: It isjust this reality of incommensurability, the raw painful fact that some genuine values cannot be harmonized or reduced under this or that hierarchical system, that is dramatized by the most sensitive creators of long fictions.
Their heroes and heroines face conflicts ofgoods that are feltby the choosers— and thus by their readers—to be both conflicting and genuine. Choices among these goods cannot be made by deciding that one of them is not a good at all, or that it is simply a lesser good on a scale ordered by some supreme good.
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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.
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Nussbaum. Brings together Nussbaum's published papers on the relationship between literature and philosophy. Nov 15, · This philosophy text engages in a close and deep exploration of the relationship between literature and philosophy for moral life.
Nussbaum looks at what philosophers call discursive thought (reflective, analytical, dialogical, perhaps speculative) and literary narrative as a source of moral and philosophical insight/5.