Mirrors to One Another: Emotion and Value in Jane Austen and David Hume
Copyright © 2009 E.M. Dadlez
Author(s): E. M. Dadlez
Published Online: 21 APR 2009
Print ISBN: 9781405193481
Online ISBN: 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