Jane Austen’s Philosophy of the Virtues

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This book examines Austen's novels in relation to her philosophical and religious context, demonstrating that the combination of the classical and theological traditions of the virtues is central to her work. Austen's heroines learn to confront the fundamental ethical question of how to live their lives. Instead of defining virtue only in the narrow sense of female sexual virtue, Austen opens up questions about a plurality of virtues. In fresh readings of the six completed novels, plus Lady Susan, Emsley shows how Austen's complex imaginative representations of the tensions among the virtues engage with and expand on classical and Christian ethical thought.

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Jane Austen's Philosophy of the Virtues examines Austen's novels in relation to her philosophical and religious context, demonstrating that the combination of the classical and theological traditions of the virtues is central to her work. With the exception of the unethical eponymous heroine of Lady Susan, Austen's heroines engage in philosophical contemplation about what constitutes the virtuous life and learn to confront a fundamental ethical question: "How should I live my life?" Instead of defining virtue only in the narrow sense of female sexual virtue, Austen opens up questions about a plurality of virtues. In fresh readings of the six completed novels, plus Lady Susan, Emsley shows how Austen's complex imaginative representations of the tensions among the virtues engage with and expand on classical and Christian ethical thought.

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SARAH EMSLEY teaches in the Expository Writing Program at Harvard University, USA. She received her Ph.D. from Dalhousie University and spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford, UK.

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