By Rafe McGregor

In The worth of Literature, Rafe McGregor employs a distinct strategy – the mix of philosophical paintings on price conception and important paintings at the courting among shape and content material – to give a brand new argument for, and defence of, literary humanism. He argues that literature has worth for paintings, for tradition, and for humanity – in brief, that it concerns. in contrast to such a lot modern defenders of literary worth, the author's approach doesn't contain arguing that literature is nice as a method to 1 of many of the ends that topic to humans. it's not that literature unavoidably makes us cleverer, extra delicate, extra virtuous, extra inventive, or simply in general larger humans. neither is it actual that there's a important relation among literature and edification, explanation, cultural critique, catharsis, or treatment. instead of supply an issue that forges a tenuous hyperlink among literature and fact, or literature and advantage, or literature and the sacred, this booklet analyses the non-derivative, sui generic price attribute of literature and demonstrates why that issues as an result in itself.

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