The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy: A Book for Bastards, by Keith Dromm, Heather Salter

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By Keith Dromm, Heather Salter

Few novels have had extra impact on participants and literary tradition than J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher within the Rye. released in 1951 and meant by means of Salinger for adults (early drafts have been released within the New Yorker and Colliers), the unconventional fast turned championed via adolescence who pointed out with the awkwardness and alienation of the novel’s protagonist, Holden Caulfield. considering the fact that then the publication and its reclusive writer were furniture of either renowned and literary tradition. Catcher may be the one glossy novel that's respected both via the numerous americans whom Holden Caulfield helped via highschool and puberty and literary critics (such because the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik who insisted as lately as 2010 that Catcher is a "perfect" twentieth-century novel).

One premise of The Catcher within the Rye and Philosophy is that the benefit and sincerity with which readers establish with Holden Caulfield rests on Salinger’s awareness to the nuances and features of expertise within the glossy international. Coupled with Salinger’s deft subjective, first-person type, Holden involves look extra genuine than any fictional personality may still. This and different paradoxes raised through the unconventional are taken care of by way of authors who locate solutions in philosophy, really in twentieth-century phenomenology and existentialism--areas of philosophy that percentage Salinger’s awareness to lived, instead of theorized, adventure. Holden’s preoccupation with “phonies,” with his consistent striving to interpret and decide the reasons and ideology of these round him, additionally faucets into modern curiosity in philosophical theories of justice and Harry Frankfurt’s lately celebrated research of "bullshit."

Per Salinger’s request, Catcher hasn't ever been made right into a motion picture. One degree of the devotion and fanatical curiosity Catcher keeps to encourage, in spite of the fact that, is concept in blogs and magazines approximately even if motion picture rights might develop into to be had within the wake of Salinger’s loss of life in 2010. those articles stay in basic terms hypothetical, however the questions they inspire--Who may direct? And, in particular, Who could famous person as Holden Caulfield?--are as vibrant and actual as Holden himself.

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Macintyre agrees with Plato, who thought that first we behave morally, and then we learn morality. In brief, we don't explain ethics to a child, we simply say no. Only when people are older and have already internalized virtuous behavior are they capable of understanding the abstract rea­ sons for behaving virtuously or morally. At that point, one can fully engage in philosophical thinking about ethical behavior and perform the kinds of ethical thought experiments that deontologists and consequentialists think of as the heart of ethics, that is, deducing general rules and effectively thinking about outcomes.

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