Gregory F. Tague

Making Mind

Moral Sense and Consciousness in Philosophy, Science, and Literature

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    Auteur Gregory F. Tague
    Editeur Rodopi - Brill
    Distributeur Association de Boccard

    In this illuminating and wide-ranging study, Gregory F. Tague returns to a familiar chapter of English literary history in order to give it an evolutionary twist. His erudite account of morality in science, philosophy and the eighteenth-century novel hinges on the proposition that human beings are equipped with an inborn but culturally coded moral sense whose real-life manifestations have also had a bearing on the stories told by people since time immemorial. Typically providing a “narrative of self in relation to others”, the early English novel is a strikingly prescient medium for the imaginative reflection of how the social nature of Homo sapiens gives form to moral sentiments – prescient because it seems to anticipate what science has taught us about human nature in recent years. Tague argues this point persuasively by enriching his astute analysis of literature, especially Richardson’s Clarissa, with an impressive array of extradisciplinary research. Making Mind is a significant addition to the growing field of evolutionary literary criticism, illustrating not only the by now remarkable scope of this line of inquiry but also the fundamental applicability of evolutionary psychology to the study of literature

    Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Section One, Philosophy Section Two, Science Section Three, Literature Conclusion Bibliography Index

    Gregory F. Tague is a professor of literary studies and founder and senior developer of The Evolutionary Studies Collaborative at St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, New York. His work leans toward reader-response ethical criticism and the history of ideas by examining major English novels from the years 1720 to 1930 and, more specifically, falls in line with evolutionary cultural studies. His previous books include: Character and Consciousness: George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, E.M. Forster, D.H. Lawrence (2005), Ethos and Behavior: The English Novel from Jane Austen to Henry James (2008).

    Livre Broché
    Date de parution 2014-12-27
    Nbr Pages Arabes 314
    Collection Consciousness, Literature and the Arts
    ISBN 13 978-90-420-3895-0
    Type Nom