Tag Archives: Ethics

Lit Classics, Our Most Valuable Friends

Wayne Booth compares our relationship with books to our relationships with friends. Just as we can judge whether a friendship is good for us, so can we do so with a literary work.

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Turn Life into a Great Jamesian Novel

Philosopher Nancy Nussbaum, drawing on Henry James, shows how the creative imagination is also a moral imagination.

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Close Reading Leads to Superior People

Recent brain search gives more evidence on the vital necessity of reading literature.

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7 Reasons We Help Others

Spiritual Sunday If I want to generate a spirited ethical discussion in a class, all I have to do is ask my students whether altruism derives from a higher moral sense or from enlightened self-interest. It is one of those questions that theologians, philosophers, biologists, anthropologists, psychologists, and others can debate for hours. They draw […]

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