The Value of Reading Literature
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 18 December 2011, Question 2
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 18 December 2011, I answered a question on the value of reading literature.
What value do you gain from reading literature? I've never much connected with literature, particularly not the classics. I know that you read them routinely. What value do you find in them? Or, what am I missing?
My Answer, In Brief: Literature isn't a value for everyone, but it can be an amazing window into other lives and other worlds, as well as a source of inspiration.
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- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
- The Iliad by Homer
- Martin Eden and The Sea Wolf by Jack London
- Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
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