ABSTRACT

In Just Literature, Tzachi Zamir introduces the idea of 'philosophical criticism' as an innovative approach to interpreting literary texts.

Throughout the book, Zamir uses the theme of justice as a case study for this new critical approach. By using ‘philosophical criticism’, Zamir posits that a stronger grasp of the idea of justice can increase one’s understanding of literature, and thus its value. He offers philosophical readings of works by Dante, Shakespeare, Toni Morrison, J. M. Coetzee and Philip Roth to explore the relationship between aesthetic and epistemic value. Zamir argues that, while literature and philosophy remain separate entities, examining the two in tandem may help inform the study of both.

Offering an inventive twist on an established dynamic, this book is essential reading for any student or scholar of literature or philosophy.

chapter |3 pages

Introduction

part |30 pages

chapter |12 pages

The point of reading

chapter |15 pages

Justice and literature

part |50 pages

chapter |15 pages

Bonds of justice

chapter |17 pages

Fallen angels

chapter |3 pages

Coda