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‘God’s Truth’: Kant, Mill and moral epistemology in Oliver Twist

Mangham, A. ORCID: (2012) ‘God’s Truth’: Kant, Mill and moral epistemology in Oliver Twist. Literature Compass, 9 (11). pp. 733-742. ISSN 1741-4113

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/lic3.12024


This essay aims to demonstrate how Dickens’s search for ‘truth’ (and his understanding of what that abstraction consists of) entered into and emerged from one of the key philosophical discussions of the early nineteenth century: namely whether moral knowledge is the sum of one’s experiences or whether there are such things as a priori or ‘natural’ principles of ethics that transcend human practice.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
ID Code:28013
Additional Information:Special Issue: Literature and Philosophy in Nineteenth Century Britain

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