Love's Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature
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Love's Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature

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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 and content in the exploration of ethical issues; the nature of ethical attention and ethic...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 2nd 1992 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 15th 1990)
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globulon
I have just read the introduction to this but I liked that very much. I wrote an essay in college discussing a paper by another philosopher on the importance of literature to philosophy and have continued to think about the topic since then. Reading her substantial overview of her position that is the intro I found a lot of points of agreement and feeling that she had stated there things I had thought about better than I could have. I also found her to articulate further directions for thought a...more
Madeline
Dec 28, 2010 Madeline rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: philosophers who feel bad about reading fiction
Martha Nussbaum: probably the only person who can make me feel bad about not reading enough Henry James?

I liked these essays, although I wouldn't call them particularly approachable if you don't have some background in philosophy (... and I may have paid less attention to the parts that relied most heavily on, i.e. specific instances in The Golden Bowl). Nussbaum's contributions to the ancient quarrel - hint: she's trying to mediate! - are interesting and thoughtful, and as you might guess from...more
Sue Lyle
I love Nussbaum. I had to re-read David Copperfield to fully appreciate the arguments about the concept of love in this book and re-visit Henry James. In a series of essays Nussbaum shows how the emotional and cognitive are entwined. She writes clearly and with passion and carefully constructed arguments. Philosophers should turn to literature to understand the emotions. A powerful book.
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I know I should probably be ashamed that I haven't read this yet. But I'm reading it now because of her emphasis on the narrative structure of our practical reasoning, a theme that I am returning to after my month of non-stop MacIntyre reading in preparation for his 80th birthday bash in Ireland.
Adrienne
I only read a few essays from this books, but I really liked what I read so far. It deals with moral fiction, philosophy and literature, etc. especially since Nussbaum's ideas are rooted in Aristotelian philosophy.
Francesca
Ensayo imprescindible para todos aquellos que amen la literatura y el análisis de su relación con la verdad como interpretación de la realidad.
Muy recomendable.
Chris
Very sincere and compassionate explorations of love and ethics but I lost my way and never finished it. did others read it all?
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Oct 23, 2007 Kate marked it as to-read
This was on Shirley Mullen's recommended reading list under the category of "philosophy."
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Discusses role of narratives in ethical understanding and decision-making
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Professor Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, appointed in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School. She is an Associate in the Classics Department and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program. She is the founder and...more
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