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The Heart of What Matters: The Role for Literature in Moral Philosophy

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The Heart of What Matters shows that literature has a powerful and unique role to play in understanding life's deepest ethical problems. Anthony Cunningham provides a rigorous critique of Kantian ethics, which has enjoyed a preeminent place in moral philosophy in the United States, arguing that it does not do justice to the reality of our lives. He demonstrates how fine li ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published September 4th 2001 by University of California Press (first published August 12th 2001)
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Jul 25, 2009 0spinboson rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Introduction to moral philosophy and possible moral/educational value of literary texts.
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Although the writer is apparently not particularly inclined to reference other philosophers (or attribute 'his' insights to them), and although his choice to attack 'deontology/kantianism' is odd to say the least, considering his own ethical position (implicit virtue ethics, sadly without any direct reference to a prominent virtue ethicist), his discussions are still fairly interesting to read.
Cunningham tries for ethical exegeses of literary works, in order to show how literary works have ethic
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