In Defense of Reading

In Defense of Reading

by Sarah E. Worth


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Why should we read? We assume that reading is good for us, but often we cannot articulate exactly what it does for us. In this fascinating book, Sarah Worth addresses from a philosophical perspective the many ways in which reading benefits us morally, socially and cognitively.

The book offers a comprehensive account of what counts as fiction, nonfiction and other genre distinctions. Ultimately the author supports the thesis that reading, hearing and telling well-told stories is of the utmost importance in developing a healthy sense of personal identity, a greater sense of narrative coherence, and an increased ability to make a number of different kinds of inferences. Engaging classical philosophical questions in the contemporary landscape of the teaching of literacy and the inclusion of fiction in a classroom curriculum, Worth demonstrates how our hyper-focus on genre distinctions moves us away from a real engagement with narrative understanding and narrative comprehension.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783483198
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/16/2017
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sarah E. Worth is Professor of Philosophy at Furman University. She has published widely on aesthetics and the philosophy of literature, including articles in Contemporary Aesthetics, Philosophy and the Contemporary World, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Journal of Aesthetic Education and the British Journal of Aesthetics.

Table of Contents

Preface / 1. The benefits of reading / 2. Fiction and nonfiction / 3. The boundaries of genre / 4. Memoir: a case study / 5. Narrative knowledge / 6. Belief and the mind / 7. Evidence or no evidence? / Conclusion

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