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Jane Austen's Emma: Philosophical Perspectives

E.M. Dadlez


Legend has it that, when asked whether he still read novels, the philosopher Gilbert Ryle responded “Yes, all six, every year,” referring to Jane Austen’s six completed works. Her novels have invited an unusual degree of explicitly philosophical attention from scholars, none more so than Emma. That is unsurprising, given that Austen’s writing invariably addresses questions about virtue and vice, human interaction and rivalry, motivation and commitment, presenting readers with ethical and other dilemmas set in a variety of naturalistic contexts. Questions about social and economic class and soc ... More

Keywords: Austen, Emma, philosophy, self-knowledge, narrative, free indirect style

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190689414
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190689414.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E.M. Dadlez, editor
Professor, Department of Humanities and Philosophy, University of Central Oklahoma

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