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Title: L’immoralità etica della letteratura
Authors: Finotti, Fabio
Keywords: Novelethicsliteraturereligion
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Fabio Finotti, "L’immoralità etica della letteratura", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XVII (2015) 1, pp. 9-29
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XVI (2015) 1
Throughout Western history, literature has been frequently accused of immorality. The use of human language to speak about the world and not God, to figure an imaginary reality and not divine truth, to please the senses and not to lead the soul onto an ascetic path, determined mixed feelings towards literary activity in Christian civilization, from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. In the writers themselves, the pride for their own literary accomplishments collided with a strong sense of guilt for the mundane use of their time and intellect. Contemporary bourgeois and industrial civilization hasn’t removed the moral stigma attached to creative writing. In the age of progress, of production, of technological innovation, literature is still perceived as a useless dépense, a waste of time and energy, an egotistic luxury. Can this immorality be the other face of the ethic mission that literature is called to perform?
Type: Book Chapter
ISSN: 1825-5167
Appears in Collections:Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2015) XVII/1

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