Moral Theory in the Fiction of Isabelle de Charriere: The Case of Three Women

Desmond Bourke

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    Abstract

    Not all those who write philosophy are recognized as philosophers. In this paper I argue that Dutch writer Isabelle de Charrière, usually known as a novelist, is actually engaged in doing moral philosophy. In the second half of the eighteenth century, Charrière wrote novels about characters who endorsed moral theories and commitments. Her novels track the dilemmas that these characters face in trying to live according their moral theories and commitments. I consider the case for treating fi ction as philosophically valuable, and argue that Charrière's novels fall into the category of philosophically valuable fi ction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-20
    Number of pages20
    JournalHypatia
    Volume20
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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