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Jane Austen and the Ethics of Description : Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature - Brett Bourbon

Jane Austen and the Ethics of Description

By: Brett Bourbon

eBook | 30 November 2022 | Edition Number 1

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Jane Austen and the Ethics of Description demonstrates that Elizabeth Bennet and her creator are misunderstood, and often unrecognized, geniuses of moral philosophy, but not simply because of their virtue or wit or natural skills in game theory. The engine driving the moral judgement and growth of Austen's protagonists consists of a particular and not well-understood ability to reason by description, a skill which we moderns must recover and remaster in order to negotiate the complexities of contemporary life. The forms of rational description this volume derives from Austen will be of great interest to not only literary critics and theorists, but also to philosophers and anyone interested in ethics, the dynamics of power, and practical reasoning.

Written in a clear style, the book is for those who love Austen and for those who want to understand how we should reason about our lives. The book is written for those who love Austen, of course, but also for those who are interested in questions about how to live and in fundamental and practical questions about power, social conflict, self-awareness, and practical reasoning. It is a literary analysis, a philosophical argument, and a practical guide to ethical thinking.

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