Does Challenging Literature Improve Character? (New York Times)

Though some may argue that one’s character benefits from reading great literature, little psychological research evidence exists to support whether literature affects our moral and social understanding. Great fiction presents us with complex situations and choices that go beyond simple moral rules, and yet it is unclear whether morally conscious people who delve into challenging fiction are more virtuous because of their reading or whether they are simply more apt to explore these works in the first place. New York Times opinion writer and philosophy professor Gregory Currie explores the issue in depth.

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