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Why Literature Matters in the 21st Century

Mark Roche


This book examines literature in its connection to virtue and moral excellence. The author is concerned with literature as the teacher of virtue. The current crisis in the humanities may be traced back to the separation of art and morality. The arts and humanities concern themselves with the fate and prospects of humankind. Today that fate and those prospects are under the increasing influence of technology. In a technological age, literature gains in importance precisely to the extent that our sense of intrinsic value is lost. In its elevation of play and inexhaustible meaning, literature off ... More

Keywords: literature, virtue, moral excellence, technology, intrinsic value, reason, efficiency, fate, humankind

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300104493
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300104493.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Roche, author