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Aristotelian Approach to Jane Austen's Mansfield Park

Title: An Aristotelian Approach to Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.
Name(s): Guin, Katherine A. (Katherine Amanda), author
McNaughton, David, professor directing dissertation
Walker, Eric C., university representative
Roberts, John Russell, committee member
Rawling, J. Piers, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Philosophy, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (201 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Many argue that Jane Austen's novels exemplify a distinctly Aristotelian view of ethics. In An Aristotelian Approach to Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, I argue that Austen presents the development of Mansfield Park's protagonist, Fanny Price, as well as the other young people in the novel in terms of characteristically-Aristotelian understandings of virtue, character, and habituation. To demonstrate this, I draw primarily from Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics to analyze characters and events from Mansfield Park. For instance, I argue that Jane Austen's criticisms of marriage from wrong motives parallel Aristotle's own criticisms of friendships for utility and for pleasure. Interestingly, Mansfield Park both clarifies and lends support to Aristotle's ethical theory.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9344 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Philosophy in partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2015.
Date of Defense: March 30, 2015.
Keywords: Aristotle, Habituation, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, Moral education, Virtue
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: David McNaughton, Professor Directing Dissertation; Eric Walker, University Representative; John Roberts, Committee Member; J. Piers Rawling, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Philosophy
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Owner Institution: FSU

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