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In the first part, this study analyzes what role “otherness” plays in the most influential moral-philosophical approaches to date - from Aristotle and the Neo-Aristotelians (Alasdair MacIntyre, Martha Nussbaum) via Kantianism and its deconstructors (Jean-François Lyotard, J. Hillis Miller) to the works of Paul Ricoeur and Emmanuel Levinas - and sheds light on its highly problematic status in Western notions of justice. Moreover, on the background of these analyses it examines the role that aesthetics plays not only for, but within these approaches, with a special focus on what task literature is accorded to dramatize the clash of sameness and otherness.
Starting from a revised notion of the sublime, the second part “applies” the different approaches to four American novels: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor, Richard Wright’s Native Son, and N. Scott Momaday’s House Made of Dawn, and examines how far the moral-philosophical systems carry to elucidate these texts. What becomes clear is that none of these works can be captured in their complexity by either one moral philosophy or one political agenda, in that every literary “exemplification” of such theory inevitably falls prey to the treacherous dynamics of the example - a dynamics that inhabits literature and haunts ethics, and that defies literature’s instrumentalization by either ethics or ideologies.

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Aesthetics & ethics
otherness and moral imagination from Aristotle to Levinas and from Uncle Tom's Cabin to House Made of Dawn
Thomas Claviez.

Published 2008 by Winter in Heidelberg .
Written in English.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [453]-462) and index.

Series
American studies (Munich, Germany) -- v. 163

The Physical Object

Pagination
xxviii, 466 p. ;
Number of pages
466

ID Numbers

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OL21174017M
ISBN 10
3825354539
ISBN 13
9783825354534

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