There has always been a reasonable concern that passion constitutes a challenge to the ordeal of civility—that passion and pathology are close cousins if not twin siblings. But in a time and place where political correctness seems to be replacing moral sensibility and political biases are hawked as the morality of family values, it is reasonable to redirect attention to a world of literature in which morality has never been reduced to norms of social currency and where virtue still embodies a passion of commitment that aspires to excellence.
Kimmel, L. (2008). Literature and the passion of virtue. In A-T. Tymieniecka (Eds.), Analecta Husserliana: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research, XCVI: Virtues and passions in literature: Excellence, courage, engagements, wisdom, fulfilment (xi-xxv). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
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