Fictional Characters, Real Problems: The Search for Ethical Content in Literature

2017.03.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Garry L. Hagberg (ed.), Fictional Characters, Real Problems: The Search for Ethical Content in Literature, Oxford University
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2017.03.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Garry L. Hagberg (ed.), Fictional Characters, Real Problems: The Search for Ethical Content in Literature, Oxford University Press, 2016, 389pp., $90.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198715719. Reviewed by Ole Martin Skilleås, University of Bergen In order to describe the unifying theme of this collection of essays from prominent academics working in the field of philosophy and literature, Garry L. Hagberg resorts to ocular metaphors. They are to provide us with a vision, he says, of how ethical considerations are intertwined with diverse forms of literary expression. As the title indicates, fictional characters face the same problems as real people. What then, are the benefits and problems, if any, of investigating these problems through fictional events and situations faced by equally fictional characters? The eighteen essays investigate in ways that are no less diverse than the literary expressions they to varying. . .

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