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#66- The Other Side of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

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This week, Scott and Karl are joined by Aristotelian scholar and OGB seminar host, John Pascarella. The trio talks about the not-so-obvious side of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice. 

Austen’s Aristotelian ethical ideas are often overlooked by the majority of readers, but as Scott points out, “This isn’t a chick book. This is a people book. This is about rational people trying to pursue a rational happiness, making decisions about their life, and taking agency in doing things on their own behalf according to the contents of their mind.”

Austen wrote her novel in 1813 — you’ll find it provides an honest depiction of manners, education, marriage, and money during the Regency era in Great Britain. But it’s also a lot more than that.

John says, “You just don’t see stories written like this anymore. [Now] it’s all about the sentiment and not about the virtue.”

Tune in to hear a fascinating discussion about why a novel that has consistently appeared near the top of lists of “most-loved books” is more than meets the eye.

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#66- The Other Side of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

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Do we reveal our most authentic inner selves by our choice of partner? How can you identify meaningful love in others? In what ways does love grow? Scott discusses the role of choice in love with fellow OGB interlocutors Karl Schudt and Marsha Enright. The trio digs into a chapter from José Ortega y Gasset’s book On Love.

Gasset is a prolific 20th-century Spanish philosopher who, in his writings, focuses on the subtle, almost ineffable aspects of human personality that are oftentimes overlooked.

What if actions and words are not the best clues in identifying a person’s authentic self but rather their gestures and facial expressions?

Without giving up all the answers, Gasset urges us to think deeply about what it is we love in proportion to our range of values and source of character. Tune in to this week’s episode and let us know your thoughts!

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