Mirrors to One Another: Emotion and Value in Jane Austen and David Hume

Mirrors to One Another: Emotion and Value in Jane Austen and David Hume

Author(s): E. M. Dadlez

Published Online: 21 APR 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405193481

Online ISBN: 9781444310412

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310412

Series Editor(s): Dominic McIver Lopes, Berys Gaut

About this Book

A compelling exploration of the convergence of Jane Austen's literary themes and characters with David Hume's views on morality and human nature.

  • Argues that the normative perspectives endorsed in Jane Austen's novels are best characterized in terms of a Humean approach, and that the merits of Hume's account of ethical, aesthetic and epistemic virtue are vividly illustrated by Austen's writing.
  • Illustrates how Hume and Austen complement one another, each providing a lens that allows us to expand and elaborate on the ideas of the other
  • Proposes that literature may serve as a thought experiment, articulating hypothetical cases which allow the reader to test her moral intuitions
  • Contributes to ongoing debates on the philosophy of literature, ethics, and emotion

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