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Walker Percy: art and ethics
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ISBN: 0878051198 Year: 1980 Publisher: Jackson, Miss.

The ethics of indeterminacy in the novels of William Gaddis
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ISBN: 0813012511 Year: 1994 Publisher: Gainesville University press of Florida

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William Gaddis is one of the most significant postwar American novelists. His three large and experimental works - The Recognitions, J R (which won the National Book Award in 1975), and Carpenter's Gothic - sell to a reverential underground. In this first discussion of the ethical dimension of Gaddis's novels, Gregory Comnes maintains that Gaddis writes "epistemological" novels, narratives whose form provides readers with the means to understand how a postmodern ethics is possible. To establish this position Comnes argues three points. The first is that ethical concepts derive from fundamental epistemological principles - that "oughts" are legitimated by what passes for what "is." The second is that Gaddis's novels employ the epistemological concepts, grounded in quantum science, as principles of composition and form. From this interpretation, the novels dramatize the truth described by contemporary science. Readers of Gaddis come to realize what Bohr and Heisenberg understood, Comnes argues: that life is not linear, aimed at one fixed point and seeking consummation there. He concludes that Gaddis wants readers to understand the issue of ethics in a way that one of his characters describes as "Agape agape." Within the constraints of an indeterminate world, love itself can serve as the basis of meaning and value. The three novels, each postmodern and ethical, correlate the worlds of science, religion, art, and economics to show that ethical choice (not conformity and passivity) is possible, even when the absolute is replaced with the probable as the basis for judgment.


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The ethos of romance at the turn of the century
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ISBN: 029277673X Year: 1994 Publisher: Austin University of Texas Press

Harriet Martineau : the poetics of moralism
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ISBN: 1859281354 Year: 1995 Volume: *48 Publisher: Aldershot Scolar press


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La morale dans l'écriture: Camus, Char, Cioran
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ISBN: 2130497810 Year: 1999 Volume: *19 Publisher: Paris Presses universitaires de France

André Gide: homosexual moralist
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ISBN: 0300049986 Year: 1991 Publisher: New Haven, Conn. Yale University Press

Weasels and wisemen : ethics and ethnicity in the work of David Mamet
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ISBN: 0312160860 Year: 1999 Publisher: New York St. Martin's Press

Ethics, evil, and fiction
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ISBN: 0198237162 9780198237167 9780191598005 0191598003 0198238770 9780198238775 Year: 1997 Publisher: Oxford Clarendon

Ethics and aesthetics in European modernist literature : from the sublime to the uncanny
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ISBN: 0521806801 Year: 2001 Publisher: Cambridge ; New York Cambridge University Press


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Les idées stoïciennes dans la littérature morale des 16e et 17e siècles (1575-1642)
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ISSN: 11646152 ISBN: 2745311417 Year: 2004 Volume: 51 Publisher: Paris Champion

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L'Europe érudite, littéraire et humaniste, dans les dernières décennies du XVIe siècle et au début du suivant s'emploie à redécouvrir le stoïcisme ancien. Son utilisation répond aux attentes d'une époque troublée par les guerres civiles et marquée par la double Réforme protestante et catholique. Lors de la mise en place d'un ordre absolutiste, doctes et lettrés élaborent un art de vivre individuel qui tient compte du modèle du sage antique. Au cœur de cette recherche se situent les normes du bien, du beau et du vrai et les relations entre l'individu, la cité et la religion. Que la recherche se fasse par le néo-latin international ou en langue vernaculaire, le stoïcisme propose des solutions mais suscite aussi des controverses. C'est à la connaissance de cett e histoire du stoïcisme à la charnière des XVIe et XVIIe siècles que cette étude veut contribuer. Pour ce faire, elle tient compte des liens entre la littérature et les institutions qui l'accompagnent, comme la vie politique, les phénomènes religieux et sociaux, et éclaire le travail de transformation idéologique et littéraire opéré par l'écrivain sur ses modèles. Les recherches d e Denise Carabin portent sur l'histoire des idées aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles.

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