International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 5, Part I (2016)
Philosophy and literature: Redefining boundaries
Martha C. Nussbaum, along with a few other philosophers contributed towards bridging philosophy and literature, rendering it “a form that is the most appropriate one for their expression”. The multiple dimensions of literary studies were understood in the context of debates on self-understanding and the appropriateness of the methods of self-understanding. In this paper I intend to reflect upon Nussbaum’s take on philosophy of literature with the intension of finding out the reasons behind ethical grounding of literatures, especially focusing upon its impact upon the moral well-being of an individual.
Nussbaum argues in favor of establishing an inter-connection between ethical enquiry and literature, directing one to act towards the ultimate morality of time. She addresses the pressure of the current scenario while discussing whether pondering upon the ethical aspect entails negligence towards the “textual content” of literature. Therefore this paper exhibits a shift in reading of literature; importance of addressing the ethical aspect of it. This transformation is a significant one in the sense that it creates an impact upon the crucial dimension of the notion of well-being.
How to cite this article:
Sulagna Pal. Philosophy and literature: Redefining boundaries. International Journal of Applied Research. 2016; 2(5): 597-600.