Philosophia Christi

Volume 25, Issue 1, 2023

Christopher E. Franklin
Pages 7-26

How Literature Educates the Emotions

I aim to show that the practice of reading excellent literature is an excellent form of moral education. I offer a two-stage defense. First, I call attention to central features of the human self (especially the emotions) involved in moral growth. I argue that the central components of emotions are construals (or ways of seeing) and loves. Second, I show that literature has distinctive resources both to train our construals by affording us practice in seeing the world in new ways and to cultivate our loves by affording us practice in imitating the loves of others.