The Value of Reading Literature
Webcast Q&A: 18 December 2011, Question 2
I answered a question on the value of reading literature on 18 December 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
What value do you gain from reading literature? I've never much connected with literature, particularly not the classics. I know that you read them routinely. What value do you find in them? Or, what am I missing?
My Answer, In Brief: Literature isn't a value for everyone, but it can be an amazing window into other lives and other worlds, as well as a source of inspiration.
- Duration: 14:53
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- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
- The Iliad by Homer
- Martin Eden and The Sea Wolf by Jack London
- Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell (formerly Diana Hsieh). I'm a philosopher, and I've long specialized in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I completed my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. I retired from work as a public intellectual in 2015.
From September 2009 to September 2015, I produced a radio show and podcast, Philosophy in Action Radio. In the primary show, my co-host Greg Perkins and I answered questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life. We broadcast live over the internet on Sunday mornings.
My first book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. The book defends the justice of moral praise and blame of persons using an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility, thereby refuting Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck." My second book (and online course), Explore Atlas Shrugged, is a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to study Ayn Rand's epic novel in depth.
I can be reached via e-mail to email@example.com.