Literatuur en toegepaste ethiek | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1384-5829
  • E-ISSN: 2352-118X



Within Dutch studies various approaches actively relate literature to the actual world, among which are the critique of ideology, ‘literature and ethics’ (particularly the ethics of alterity) and ‘literature and science studies’. Although these approaches engage, at least to some degree, with societal and political themes, they cannot fully answer Thomas Vaessens’s call – in his controversial book (2009) – for the study of the representation of a wide range of normative issues in literary works. While offering analyses of Harry Mulisch’s (1992) and Charlotte Mutsaers’s (2008) focused on moral status, it is argued in this contribution how an orientation on the employment of applied ethics might do this, thus complementing the abovementioned approaches.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Charlotte Mutsaers; engagement; ethics; Harry Mulisch; moral status
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