Chapter 2. Narrative and the Ethical Life

  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair
  1. Noël Carroll President

Published Online: 23 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302813.ch2

Art and Ethical Criticism

Art and Ethical Criticism

How to Cite

Carroll, N. (2008) Narrative and the Ethical Life, in Art and Ethical Criticism (ed G. L. Hagberg), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302813.ch2

Editor Information

  1. University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Author Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Temple University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 JUN 2008

Book Series:

  1. New Directions in Aesthetics

Book Series Editors:

  1. Dominic McIver Lopes3 and
  2. Berys Gaut4

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of British Columbia, Canada

  2. 4

    University of St Andrews, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405134835

Online ISBN: 9781444302813



  • narrative and the ethical life;
  • recognizing virtue;
  • deliberating actions and constructing lives;
  • conceptions of ethical content;
  • Philip Hallie in Tales of Good and Evil, Help and Harm;
  • typical narratives possess detail, particularity, and concreteness;
  • emotions - fast mechanisms for evaluating things


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Narrative Advantage

  • Recognizing Virtue

  • Deliberating Actions, Constructing Lives

  • Conclusion