Loves Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature

Paperback | April 1, 1992

byMartha C. Nussbaum

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This volume brings together Nussbaum's published papers on the relationship between literature and philosophy, especially moral philosophy. The papers, many of them previously inaccessible to non-specialist readers, deal with such fundamental issues as the relationship between style andcontent in the exploration of ethical issues; the nature of ethical attention and ethical knowledge and their relationship to written forms and styles; and the role of the emotions in deliberation and self-knowledge. Nussbaum investigates and defends a conception of ethical understanding whichinvolves emotional as well as intellectual activity, and which gives a certain type of priority to the perception of particular people and situations rather than to abstract rules. She argues that this ethical conception cannot be completely and appropriately stated without turning to forms ofwriting usually considered literary rather than philosophical. It is consequently necessary to broaden our conception of moral philosophy in order to include these forms. Featuring two new essays and revised versions of several previously published essays, this collection attempts to articulate therelationship, within such a broader ethical inquiry, between literary and more abstractly theoretical elements.

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This volume collects my published papers on the relationship between literature and philosophy, especially moral philosophy.

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This volume brings together Nussbaum's published papers on the relationship between literature and philosophy, especially moral philosophy. The papers, many of them previously inaccessible to non-specialist readers, deal with such fundamental issues as the relationship between style andcontent in the exploration of ethical issues; the...

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This volume collects my published papers on the relationship between literature and philosophy, especially moral philosophy.

Martha C. Nussbaum is at Brown University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 6.14 × 9.25 × 1.14 inPublished:April 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"Love's Knowledge is an important book, one that should reshape our thought about ethics. Martha Nussbaum shows how contemporary philosophical debate has excluded central questions: questions about human life and what is important in it, questions about how styles of thought and writingexpress particular and challengeable ethical views, questions about the mutual relations of philosophy and literature. She makes clear what was at stake in the 'ancient quarrel' between poetry and philosophy, and brings out its relevance to our own attempts to achieve understanding of the complexand confusing realities of our lives. Love's Knowledge is written with grace and clarity; it is, indeed, illuminated by love--love of the texts and authors that Professor Nussbaum writes about, and loving attention to what our lives, including our moral thoughts and feelings, are reallylike."--Cora Diamond, University of Virginia