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  • Five Best: Novel Approaches to Kindness

    By Linda Grant, Wall Street Journal An excerpt: Life and Fate , by Vassily Grossman (1959) An old Russian woman, seeing a captured German soldier, raises a brick to throw at him, but at the last moment she instead hands him a piece of bread. The woman has no idea why she does this and in the years to...
     Posted by: agomberg
  • Literary Critics Scan the Brain to Find Out Why We Love to Read

    By Paul Harris and Alison Flood "It is the cutting edge of literary studies, a rapidly expanding field that is blending scientific processes with the study of literature and other forms of fiction. Some have dubbed it "the science of reading" and it is shaking up one of the most esoteric...
     Posted by: cait
  • Sarah Palin to Publish Book on 'American virtues'

    By Alison Flood from Gaurdian. "The as-yet-untitled book by the former Republican vice-presidential candidate was announced yesterday in a statement from her publisher, HarperCollins. The publisher told American press that the new book would 'include selections from classic and contemporary...
     Posted by: cait
  • [Interview] The Eternal Moment

    Interview by Nathan Gardels for New Perspectives Quarterly Czeslaw Milosz, the great Polish poet and essayist who died in 2004, was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1980. Just after the publication of A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry and his memoir, Road-side Dog...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Iris Murdoch on Virtue

    "The philosophical thought of Iris Murdoch proposes that no ethical tradition has ever adequately fashioned a picture of human beings as they truly are, and in the course of her career this was what she used her writing in philosophy and literature to illustrate: a personal vision of man's morality...
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  • Reading British literature encourages virtue

    A recent article in Penn State University's Daily Collegian discusses a study that suggests a correlation between literature and ethics. "Reading classic literature can help one make more ethical decisions, according to a recent study conducted by a Penn State professor and three evolutionary...
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  • Tom Wolfe, Walker Percy, and Being Stuck with Virtue (2012)

    By P. Lawler and M. Guerra We are pleased to introduce this symposium on the moral, political, scientific, philosophical, and even theological dimensions of the thought of two contemporary American novelists and essayists: Walker Percy and Tom Wolfe. Astute and penetrating observers of modern America...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: agomberg
  • Tradition and Truth: The Ethics of Lawmaking in Tannaitic Literature (2010)

    By Tzvi Novick This article examines aspects of "scholastic" ethics in tannaitic literature, in particular, the notion that one who is engaged in legal discussion should readily admit ignorance, and should concede to the truth. While centering on mAvot 5.7, the article traces developments in...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
  • Huckleberry Finn and Moral Motivation (2010)

    By Alan Goldman Huckleberry Finn is not irrational in being unmotivated to follow his explicit judgments of rightness and wrongness. Philosophers have previously judged Huck to be irrational, subject to weakness of will, in being unable to act on his moral judgment. But their interpretation rests on...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
  • Moral Uses, Narrative Effects: Natural History in Victorian Periodicals and Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters (2010)

    By Anne Dewitt This article situates Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters, serialized in Cornhill Magazine between 1864 and 1866, in the context of contemporary periodical articles that represent natural history as a moral endeavor and that depict men of science as moral exemplars. Gaskell thematizes...
    (My publication) Posted by: cait
  • Virtues and Passions in Literature: Excellence, Courage, Engagements, Wisdom, Fulfilment (2009)

    Paradoxically, our human virtues that maintain our societal fabric, emerge from passional grounds/sources in individual existence. It is the Human Condition that prompts our creative strivings beyond the natural round of life toward outstanding achievements. Our full possibilities allow our singular...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: admin
  • For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom (2009)

    By Robert C. Post & Matthew W. Finkin Review By: Jessica Kaplan "It all started a few thousand years back with a naked couple and an apple. Since then, scholars have been toiling with what knowledge is acceptable to consume and share. In their new book, For the Common Good, Matthew W. Finkin...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: ajstasic
  • On the contribution of literature and the arts to the educational cultivation of moral virtue, feeling and emotion (2005)

    Abstract: This paper sets out to explore connections between a number of plausible claims concerning education in general and moral education in particular: (i) that education is a matter of broad cultural initiation rather than narrow academic or vocational training; (ii) that any education so conceived...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: admin
  • Moral Vice, Cognitive Virtue: Austen on Jealousy and Envy (2003)

    Virtue theorists are fond of commending the novels of Jane Austen to moralists who agree with Elizabeth Anscombe's verdict on "modern moral philosophy" and wish to heed her call for a return to talk about virtue. And rightly so, for Austen is an astute moralist -- quite as good a jumping...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: admin
  • The wheel of virtue: Art, literature, and moral knowledge (2002)

    Abstract: By the common consent of all mankind who have read, poetry takes the highest place in literature. That nobility of expression, and all but divine grace of words, which she is bound to attain before she can make her footing good, is not compatible with prose. Indeed, it is that which turns prose...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: admin
  • Compassion as a Political Virtue (2002)

    Abstract: The place of compassion in political thought and practice is debatable. This debate can be clarified by stipulating 'compassion' as referring to the practice of acting on the feeling of 'pity'; in addition, compassion might best be understood politically speaking as properly...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: admin
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