The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

Freedom, Luck, and Catastrophe: Ernest Hemingway, John Dewey, and Immanuel Kant

Author

James Dawes

Document Type

Essay

Citation

Dawes, James. “Freedom, Luck, and Catastrophe: Ernest Hemingway, John Dewey, and Immanuel Kant.” In The Language of War: Literature and Culture in the U.S. From the Civil War Through World War II, 107-130. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002.

Annotation

Reads A Farewell to Arms through an epistemological lens, examining the roles of luck and will in determining morality. Asserts Henry’s obsessive rule following and disregard for consequences expresses his Kantian morality, which complements Catherine’s consequentialist Deweyan morality. Explores how they influence each other until both moralities become muddled and ineffectual, thus demonstrating Hemingway’s critique of both moral systems.

Published in

The Language of War: Literature and Culture in the U.S. From the Civil War Through World War II

Date

2002

Pages

107-130

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