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Thursday, 8 March 2018

WRITERS ON WRITING #105: Susan Sontag


Obviously, I think of the writer of novels and stories and plays as a moral agent… This doesn’t entail moralizing in any direct or crude sense.  Serious fiction writers think about moral problems practically.  They tell stories.  They narrate. They evoke our common humanity in narratives with which we can identify, even though the lives may be remote from our own.  They stimulate our imagination.  The stories they tell enlarge and complicate — and, therefore, improve — our sympathies.  They educate our capacity for moral judgment.

At The Same Time: The Novelist and Moral Reasoning (2004)



Click HERE to read the full 2015 article about US novelist and philosopher SUSAN SONTAG posted on the excellent Brain Pickings website maintained by MARIA POPOVA.

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