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486: Reading the Troubled Past

by Philosophy Talk

What should we do with literature and philosophy from a discredited moral past?
Genre: Spoken Word: Educational
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Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe lambasted Joseph Conrad’s novel "Heart of Darkness" as a deeply racist work that should be removed from the Western canon. Defenders of Conrad say the novel is simply an expression of its time and not an endorsement of the racist attitudes it represents. So how do we judge the moral legitimacy of older works of literature and philosophy? Should we shun writers for holding racist or sexist views? Or is it important to read—and censure—them? Is it fair to judge authors of the past by today’s politically conscious standards? Josh and Ken have no trouble reading with Julie Napolin from The New School, author of "The Fact of Resonance: Modernist Acoustics and Narrative Form" (forthcoming).



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