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Balance in the golden bowl: attuning philosophy and literary criticism

De Gaynesford, M. ORCID: (2022) Balance in the golden bowl: attuning philosophy and literary criticism. In: Conant, J. and Chakraborty, S. (eds.) Engaging Putnam. Berlin Studies in Knowledge Research (17). De Gruyter, pp. 309-331. ISBN 9783110769166

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This paper argues that Henry James’ treatment of balancing in The Golden Bowl—to which Putnam insightfully draws attention—calls for the attunement of philosophy and literary criticism. The process may undermine Putnam’s own reading of the novel, but it also finds new reasons to endorse what his reading was meant to deliver: the confidence that philosophy and thoughtful appreciation of literature have much to contribute to each other, and the conviction that morality can incorporate (Kantian) seriousness about rules alongside (Aristotelian) sensitivity to character and situation

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ID Code:93066
Publisher:De Gruyter

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