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13.2 Leitura, Literatura e a educação dos afectos

João Carlos Major
Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Braga
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The definition of literature is often associated to the idea of aesthetics, but if we reduce it to aesthetic or entertainment only, we empty the language of something essential. After all, language is essential to humanization; in other words: it is language that makes humans “human”. I conclude: 1) the need to rehabilitate the reading habits of children and 2) the necessary and important social role of literature in the crucial changes that our individualistic society will have to face.


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