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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (15 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198238770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198238775
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1.3 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,527,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 interest those seeking more effective ways of teaching moral philosophy. (Connie S Rosati, Philosophy, 71.)

an interesting but eccentric book ... I have gone on at length about the aesthetic theory of virtue because, for me, it is one of the book's most arresting claims. If this is the kind of provocative theses that you enjoy, then Ethics, Evil, and Fiction, despite (or maybe because of) its quirks, is worth reading. (Nancy E. Snow, International Philosophical Quarterly)

His discussion of evil is very interesting... he draws excellent examples from literature. (Marcia Muelder Eaton, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.)

Provocative book... if a teacher were to place the fictional works for independent study onto the syllabus, Ethics, Evil, and Fiction would make for a good terms work in Ethics 'or' Aesthetics. (Tony Skillen, British Journal of Aesthetics)

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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 knowledge. He goes on to address such subjects as the nature of goodness, evil character, and the meaning of monstrosity, in the context of an aesthetic theory of virtue, which maintains that goodness of character is the same thing as beauty of soul. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Hardcover.

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