Reforming the Humanities: Literature and Ethics from Dante Through Modern Times

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Palgrave Macmillan, Dec 15, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 236 pages

This book combines contemporary ethical theory, literary interpretation, and historical narrative to defend a view of the humanities as a source of moral guidance. Peter Levine argues that moral philosophers should interpret narratives and literary critics should adopt moral positions. His new analysis of Dante’s story of Paolo and Francesca sheds new light on the moral advantages and pitfalls of narratives versus ethical theories and principles.

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Contents

Introduction
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Two Dante Philosophizes About Francescas Case
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Three Poetry and the Emotions in Francescas Case
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Peter Levine is Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement and Research Director of the Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. He is the author of The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens, three other scholarly books on philosophy and politics, and a novel.

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