1300 36 33 32

Part of the greatness of great literature consists in the profound, philosophic ideas the works contain. These ideas may not be unknown to philosophy but, when rendered in literary form, they gain an aesthetic force often lacking in the philosophic treatise with its careful train of reasoning. In this insightful study, Burton Porter explores the philosophic content of some outstanding literary works, analysing and evaluating the ideas that drive the narrative. Porter first examines the concept of free will and determinism in Melville's "Moby Dick", placing the quest for the white whale within the context of foreordination, hubris, prophecy, and defiance of divine power. Connections are also drawn to Euripides' "Medea" and Shakespeare's "King Lear" as well as the Old Testament. The good and the right are traced in Anouilh's "Antigone" and Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina", showing the philosophic antagonisms in the literature and in the conflicted minds of the authors. Voltaire' "Candide" and Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" are then explored insofar as they express the problem of evil - the tension between human suffering on earth and belief in a benevolent, wise, almighty God. Finally, the nature of the self is investigated in Rilke's "The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge" and Kafka's "The Metamorphosis", focusing on identity and the mind-body problem. Porter makes philosophy come alive by showing its expression in art and revealing the depth of ideas that make literature compelling.

Buy Head and the Heart book by Burton F. Porter from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781591024118
ISBN-10: 1591024110
Format: Hardback
(215mm x 140mm x 16mm)
Pages: 1177
Imprint: Prometheus Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 2-May-2006
Country of Publication: United States

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Head and the Heart book by Burton F. Porter and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Burton F. Porter

Burton Porter (Springfield, MA) is currently professor of philosophy at Western New England College and a visiting professor of philosophy at Mt. Holyoke College. He is the author or editor of numerous books including Philosophy Through Fiction and Film, The Voice of Reason, and Reasons For Living.

Books By Author Burton F. Porter

Deity and Morality by Burton F. Porter

Deity and Morality

Hardback, April 2013
$169.20
Voice of Reason by Burton F. Porter

The Voice of Reason

Paperback, September 2001
$102.56