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The Moral Imagination of the Novel: A Conference

October 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - October 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


Columbia University’s Department of Philosophy, the Morningside Institute, and the Thomistic Institute are pleased to present “The Moral Imagination of the Novel.” The conference will examine the ways in which individual novels and the novel as a literary genre can be understood both to depict the search for moral, philosophical, and religious truth and to engage in this very search themselves. Is the novel a realistic or idealistic genre? Can novels expand our sense of moral possibilities? Can they contract them?

The program includes lectures by Paul Elie (Georgetown), Lauren Kopajtic (Fordham), Dhananjay Jagannathan (Columbia), Sr. Ann Astell ( Notre Dame), and Thomas Pavel (Chicago).

This event is free and open to the public.


October 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
October 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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