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Ethics, evil, and fiction

Author: Colin McGinn
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
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Ethics, Evil, and Fiction brings together moral philosophy and literary analysis in a way that offers original new insights for both. Its central aim is to enrich the domain of moral reflection, by showing the value of literary texts as sources of moral illumination. Colin McGinn starts by setting out an uncompromisingly realist ethical theory, arguing that morality is an area of objective truth and genuine  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Colin McGinn
ISBN: 0198238770 9780198238775 9780198237167 0198237162
OCLC Number: 40753420
Notes: Originally published: Oxford: Clarendon, 1997.
Description: x, 186 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: [Part] 1. Introduction: the scope of moral philosophy --
[Part] 2. Goodness --
Moral psychologism --
The naturalistic fallacy? --
Relativism --
Logical priority and the biconditionals --
A tempting error --
Moral intentionality --
Psychologism and moral enquiry --
The essence of goodness --
'Good' and 'Ought'--
[Part] 3. Knowledge of goodness --
Ethical knowledge and scientific knowledge --
The explanation of belief --
Science and induction --
Ethics and mathematics --
The nature of ethical knowledge --
Truth and coercion --
Morality and folk psychology --
Epistemological queerness --
[Part] 4. The evil character --
Two types of moral psychology --
Clarifying the analysis --
Some applications --
The explanation of evil --
The attraction of pain --
Primitive evil --
The rationality of evil --
The origins and prevention of evil. [Part] 5. Beauty of Soul --
Aesthetic morality --
Reid on the aesthetics of the soul --
Articulating inner beauty --
On brief encounter --
Nabokov's formula --
Some consequences of the theory --
Virtue and art --
[Part]6. The picture: Dorian Gray --
Art and sin --
Picture and person --
The limits of aestheticism --
The relevance of Dorian Gray --
[Part] 7. Who is Frankenstein's monster? --
The meaning of monstrosity --
The human monster --
Isolation: family, friends, and others --
Rage, revenge, envy --
'I will be with you on your wedding-night' --
Death --
Conclusion --
Conclusion: stories and morals.
Responsibility: Colin McGinn.
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Aimed at those interested in ethics or in the links between philosophy and literature, this book brings together moral philosophy and literary analysis in a way that offers new insights for both.  Read more...

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this engagingly written book. Connie S Rosati, Philosophy 71. I really enjoyed his literary-ethical exploration of Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. These portions of the book contain much that should Read more...

 
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