Chapter 16. Styles of Self-Absorption

  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair2 and
  2. Walter Jost Professor of English3
  1. Daniel Brudney Associate Professor

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch16

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

How to Cite

Brudney, D. (2010) Styles of Self-Absorption, in A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature (eds G. L. Hagberg and W. Jost), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of East Anglia, UK

  2. 3

    University of Virginia, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Chicago, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405141703

Online ISBN: 9781444315592



  • styles of self-absorption;
  • Simone Weil saying - that morality was a matter of attention, not of will;
  • attentive persons registering morally relevant features of situations;
  • Ursula LeGuin's “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”;
  • literature and moral life;
  • commentators on Disgrace - casting it as a political novel, taking place in post-apartheid South Africa;
  • “The Seducer's Diary,” seeing the world under category of the aesthetic;
  • category of orientation - orientation as philosophical categories


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Literature and the Moral Life

  • David Lurie

  • Moses Herzog

  • The Category of Orientation