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Henry James and Modern Moral Life - Robert B. Pippin

Henry James and Modern Moral Life

Paperback Published: 20th November 2001
ISBN: 9780521655477
Number Of Pages: 206

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This important new book argues that Henry James reveals in his fiction a sophisticated theory of moral understanding and moral motivation. The claim is that in his novels and short stories James is engaged in a distinctive kind of original thinking and reflecting on modern moral life. Sensitive to the precarious and extremely confusing situation of moral understanding in modern societies, James avoids skepticism and presents powerfully the full nature of moral claims and moral dependence. The book is written by one of the pre-eminent interpreters of the modern European philosophical tradition and will interest both philosophers and literary critics. However, the style is completely non-technical with no reliance on terms from contemporary literary or philosophical theory and will therefore be accessible to students and general readers of James.

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'It is a book for anyone who has ever wondered what is involved in leading a life worth living. it is, like James's novels themselves 'finely aware and richly responsible.' Modernism/Modernity

Modern morals
A kind of morbid modernity?
Crudities of mutual resistance
Beasts, secrets, and ghosts
Isabel Archers beastly pure mind
The strange logic of Lambert Strethers Double consciousness
without your life, what have you got? Concluding remarks: Texts
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521655477
ISBN-10: 0521655471
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 20th November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.29  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.29