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Love's Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature First Edition (US) First Printing Edition

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ISBN-10: 0195054571
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"An engaging and satisfying study of literature's intrinsic relationship to philosophy, and of philosophy in its relationship to the rich web of human love and choice....It is a book textured with so many lives and stories that it cannot fail to inspire lively debate on the role of novelist as philosopher and on the centrality of love to wisdom."--Christianity & Literature

"The best modern discussion of the ways in which what we call philosophy and what we call literature interrelate....Anyone who wants to think about how literature and philosophy can serve each other should not just read this book but study it and return to its complex arguments again and again." --Wayne Booth, Philosophy and Literature

"I did not want Love's Knowledge to stop, and I find myself trusting its progress as much as that of any work of moral thinking of recent times."--Arion

"One of the most original books published [in 1991], a hugely stimulating read, which returns us with thoughts refreshed to some of our best-loved authors and brings philosophy back to earth in the process."--The Observer

"With this volume Martha Nussbaum gives new meaning to the word `interdisciplinary': No mere dabbling in closely aligned fields, the essays presented here are based on her considerable knowledge and understanding of classics, philosophy, and comparative literature....Her assertions are balanced, insightful, and infused with subtle humor."--The Bloomsbury Review

From the Back Cover

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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (November 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195054571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195054576
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This collection of essays is not only a first-rate work in the philosophy of literature, but it goes beyond the limits of that heading to sound out the philosophical implications of the literary works themselves. It begins by raising the question, so often unhappily answered without analysis, of what form of writing is most hospitable to the raising of philosophical questions. The answer, developed over the course of the essays, is that "literary" authors often present a more intricate and acute consideration of philosophical issues, especially those pertaining to human beings as emotional and moral agents; and this implies a thorough critique of not only the writing style most fashionable in philosophy but also the writers most often studied by those who consider themselves philosophers. A number of the essays assume familiarity with works by, for example, James, Proust, and Beckett, while others are more general in their scope. Anyone who feels that important philosophical issues are raised in literary texts, which deserve a careful, intelligent, and non-formulaic (or "theoretical") reading, ought to read this book. Anyone who has the suspicion that love is something that we ought to try to understand in all of its complexity and fullness, ought to read it as well. It might just restore your faith in novels, in philosophy, and in the human heart striving to understand itself.
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By A Customer on March 17, 2001
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A collection of essays all of which present us with possibilities -- stories as moral teachers. We all learn from, care about, and revel in the stories that we read. Nussbaum takes seriously our ability to approach fiction with care and convincingly argues that we can extend this mode of being as ethical. If we approached the world with the care and attention we do characters in a book, we would be excercising a instinctively human morality. Beautifully written -- it can change your outlook on how we should see ourselves and the world.
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Brilliant article about Henry James's novel The Golden Bowl. Martha Nussbaum is so wise. I look forward to reading more articles about literature by moral philosophers.
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