Reading for Self-Knowledge: Poetry, Perspective, and Narrative Justice

Journal of Aesthetic Education 54 (4):36-47 (2020)
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In his monograph Narrative Justice, Rafe McGregor offers an argument for the role narrative can play as part of an aesthetic education of justice—a form of moral development that, he argues, has the potential to reduce criminal inhumanity including terrorism and radical extremism by revealing the problematic master narratives that promote epistemological vices in individuals. Although he makes an important argument about the nature and value of narrative, I argue that a look to poetry will help us see the bigger picture for what engagement with literature can offer in terms of such aesthetic education. I offer a way of developing McGregor's theory to accommodate the role and value of...



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