Garry L. Hagberg is the James H. Ottaway Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at Bard College, and has in recent years also been Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. Author of numerous papers at the intersection of aesthetics and the philosophy of language, his books include Meaning and Interpretation: Wittgenstein, Henry James, and Literary Knowledge; Art as Language: Wittgenstein, Meaning, and Aesthetic Theory; and Describing Ourselves: Wittgenstein and Autobiographical Consciousness. He is editor of Art and Ethical Criticism, co-editor of A Companion to thePhilosophy of Literature, and Editor of the journal Philosophy and Literature.
Introduction: Five Ethical Aspects of Literature, Garry L. Hagberg Part I: Ways of Reading for Ethical Content 1. Sophie, Antigone, Elizabeth: Rethinking Ethics by Reading Literature, Nora Hamalainen 2. Caring about Characters, Eileen John 3. Hamlet and the Problem of Moral Agency, Robert B. Pierce Part II: Matters of Character 4. Othello's Paradox: The Place of Character in Literary Experience, Garry L. Hagberg 5. Character, Social Information, and the Challenge of Psychology, Noel Carroll 6. Emma's Extravagance: Jane Austen and the Character-Situation Debate, Valerie Wainwright Part III: Literature, Subjectivity, and Poetic Vision 7. The Question of Truth in Literature, Richard Eldridge 8. The Moral Relevance of Literature and the Limits of Argument: Lessons from Heidegger, Aristotle, and Coetzee, J. Jeremy Wisnewski 9. An Endless Person: Heidegger, Breton, and Nadja at the Limits of Language, Jonathan Strauss Part IV: Language, Dialogical Identity, and Self-Understanding 10. The Dialogic Self in Hamlet: On How Dramatic Form Transforms Philosophical Inquiry, Tony Gash 11. 'The Power of Conversation': Jane Austen's Persuasion and Hans-Georg Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics, Richard Dawson 12. Quartet: Wallace's Wittgenstein, Moran's Amis, Stephen Mulhall Part V: Patterns and Possibilities of Moral Growth 13. Moral Development in Pride and Prejudice, Alan Goldman 14. The Breadth of Moral Character, Daniel Brudney 15. Learning to be Good (or Bad) in (or Through) Literature, Mitchell S. Green Part VI: Historical Genealogies of Moral-Aesthetic Concepts 16. In Praise of Aristotle's Poetics, Humberto Brito 17. Shaftesbury as Virtuoso: Or, The Birth of Aesthetics Out of a Spirit of Civility, Martin Donougho 18. Fate, Philology, Freud, Jules Brody Index