Charlotte the Spider, Socrates, and the Problem of Evil

  • Loretta M. Kopelman
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 33)


Why do children, especially those facing death, find consolation in E.B. White’s novel Charlotte’s Web? [12]. Anthropologist Bluebond-Langner confirmed a long-held belief among pediatric health professionals that dying children find this novel comforting. It is, she notes, their most popular book. “They always chose the chapter in which Charlotte dies, After any child died, the book had a resurgence of popularity among the others” ([2], p. 186).


Natural Death Moral Evil Good Death Dreamless Sleeping Evil Character 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Loretta M. Kopelman
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  1. 1.East Carolina University School of MedicineGreenville

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