Talk Pavel - Lecture Series

Loyalty and Contempt

 

Prof. Thomas Pavel

 

The University of Chicago

  

The paper discusses recent attempts to justify contempt as a moral attitude and alternatively as a moral emotion.   By examining several literary presentations of this attitude or feeling, the paper argues that literature, being varied, nuanced, and open-ended, helps us better understand contempt and its rapport with interpersonal loyalty.   It concludes by agreeing with philosophers who, following Martha Nussbaum’s example, consider that literature, by presenting a wide gamut of possible attitudes and feelings, is uniquely helpful for identifying emotions and their behavioral manifestation.

 

For more information, please check below references:

Fictional Worlds, Harvard University Press, 1986

The Spell of Language, University of Chicago Press, 2001

The Lives of the Novel,  A History, Princeton University Press, 2013

 

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