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The Prospect Interview #130: George Eliot’s philosophy, with Clare Carlisle

Seeing the celebrated novelist and author of Middlemarch in a new light

By Prospect Team  

Philosopher Clare Carlisle joins the Prospect Interview to talk about the 19th-century novelist George Eliot. Celebrated as the author of Middlemarch and Silas Marner, Eliot was also an enthusiastic philosopher who notably translated the first English translation of Baruch Spinoza’s Ethics. Clare talks to arts and books editor Sameer Rahim about George Eliot’s philosophy, the novelist’s fondness for Spinoza, and the often fluid line between literature and philosophy. 

You can read Clare’s essay on George Eliot here.

Find all episodes of the Prospect Interview here

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