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Ethics, Evil, and Fiction

Colin McGinn


The main thesis of this book is that literature can enrich the study of ethics, because it provides the resources for the study of ethical problems that contemporary analytical moral philosophy fails to address. In Chapters 2 and 3, McGinn offers a discussion of analytical moral philosophy, in which he argues that moral goodness is an objective fact, and furthermore that ethical knowledge is not inferior to scientific knowledge. In Chapter 4, drawing on Hermann Melville's Billy Budd, McGinn proceeds to examine the nature of the evil character. In Chapter 5, McGinn discusses the notion of the B ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, beauty, ethics, evil, Frankenstein, goodness, Dorian Gray, literature, McGinn, moral philosophy, narrative, virtue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198238775
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198238770.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin McGinn, author
Rutgers University, New Jersey
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