Chapter 14. Henry James, Moral Philosophers, Moralism

  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair2 and
  2. Walter Jost Professor of English3
  1. Cora Diamond

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch14

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

How to Cite

Diamond, C. (2010) Henry James, Moral Philosophers, Moralism, in A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature (eds G. L. Hagberg and W. Jost), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of East Anglia, UK

  2. 3

    University of Virginia, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Virginia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405141703

Online ISBN: 9781444315592



  • Henry James, moral philosophers, moralism;
  • Henry James, The Varieties of Moral Experience;
  • philosophers, tending to see ethics - background idea of primary importance of judgment;
  • “Moralism and Cruelty - Reflections on Hume and Kant”;
  • Henry James's fiction, Europe, Paris, Europeanized Americans - aestheticized conceptions of life and morality;
  • tendency as theorizers - in oversimplifying materials;
  • theories of religion and danger of taking essence of religion tied to religious experience as such