Monday, March 06, 2017
In NDPR, Ole Martin SkilleƄs reviews Fictional Characters, Real Problems: The Search for Ethical Content in Literature, edited by Garry L. Hagberg.
J. Jeremy Wisnewski's 'The Moral Relevance of Literature and the Limits of Argument: Lessons from Heidegger, Aristotle, and Coetzee' stands out as an exception. Wisnewski excels in the virtue of saying clearly from the start what it is he is proposing -- even if it is that propositions and arguments are powerless to change our moral points of view. He uses Heidegger, Aristotle and Coetzee to argue in a vigorously sane manner that moral change is the product of a changed way of seeing, and literature provides a much better source for the change in vision this requires than does philosophy.
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