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Literature and Moral Understanding: A Philosophical Essay on Ethics, Aesthetics, Education, and Culture

Frank Palmer


Recent philosophical discussion about the relation between fiction and reality pays little heed to our moral involvement with literature. This book investigates how our appreciation of literary works calls upon and develops our capacity for moral understanding. The book explores a wide range of philosophical questions about the relation of art to morality, and challenges theories which the book regards as incompatible with a humane view of literary art. The book considers, in particular, the extent to which the values and moral concepts involved in our understanding of human beings can be said ... More

Keywords: fiction and reality, moral involvement, moral understanding, art and morality, moral concepts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198242321
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242321.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Palmer, author