In Poetic Justice, Martha Nussbaum argues that literary imagination has a central role to play in political and legal judgments. Nussbaum is concerned by a. 7 Apr POETIC JUSTICE The Literary Imagination and Public Life. To Martha C. Nussbaum, the novel is “a living form,” still central to our culture. 20 May Those staid souls who always wondered what novels were good for now get to hear it from Nussbaum (Ethics/Univ. of Chicago; The Therapy of.
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David Bromwich is finishing his biography of Burke. This book also brings to mind Northrop Frye’s writings on the literary imagination and its function.
Bu An exploration of why having a literary imagination ie: These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Thus lawyers have a great deal to learn from literature, insofar as contact with the capacious imaginations of a Dickens or a Whitman can only enlarge the sensibilities of those who read them in a sufficiently open-minded, reflective way.
Either way, Nussbaum makes some interesting points, but doesn’t make enough of a connection between literature and public life here. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Matt rated it liked it Aug 05, A very important book that focuses on how a number of classic novels can inform the work of judges.
For whatever reason perhaps Nussbaum doesn’t have the feeling for literature that she does for the lawthe book only gets truly interesting with the citation of legal cases, especially the dreadful Mary Jane Carr v.
juwtice Nussbaum does not cite Mead on this useful point. Nussbaum’s appeal to the outlook of fiction as a model for judicial and social policy is bracingly utopian and immensely heartening. Feb 06, nash jenkins rated it it was amazing.
What emerges is that her aim is not simply to mount an attack on the economic-determinist approach to analyzing and thus judging human behavior, but in the first place to understand it, to get inside this worldview. Refresh and try again.
Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Poetic Justice reads like the series of law school lectures it was originally: It would be worthwhile for others in economics, policy, bureaucracy and the many other heads of the imposing “system” t I’d read and taught the first chapter of this book several times, so I wanted to dive in a little more deeply.
Nussbaum explains her discovery of virtues eloquently, volubly, in the manner of a belated Victorian moralist.
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Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they nussbaaum to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Write a customer review. She has been a member of the Association’s National Board. Aristotle, the Stoics, Adam Smith, et al.
Judges, Nussbaum has observed, are short of imaginative data about the persons they must judge, and novels are one place they can look pketic guidance. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Literary Studies and Political Change “Nussbaum argues elegantly that the novel, by engaging our sympathy in the contemplation of lives different from ours, nussbamu our imaginative capabilities so we may nussbau, make those judgments that public life demands of us.
Using concrete studies of both works of fiction Richard Wright’s “Native Son” and several works by Dickens are featured prominently and legal cases to reveal how a sense of the particular is developed and maintained through the reading of fiction, and may be applied to moral and judicial reasoning. Democracy and Music Education: Other editions – View all Poetic Justice: The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books.
This is no light reading, but it certainly is worthwhile. Please try again later. But whereas Rorty’s consideration of the moral value of literature is limited to a contrast with deconstructive approaches to literature, Nussbaum takes a more detailed approach. It may be both too kind and overly reductive to ascribe to Poetic Justice such a thing as a thesis.
Resentment, Generosity, Justice pietic Martha C. John-Paul rated it liked it Sep 02, For one thing, it supports her call to treat literature as making a potentially significant contribution to public life, since what better path can there be to understanding neo-utilitarians like Posner than via imaginative portrayals of such paleo-utilitarians as Mr.