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How does Flannery O'Connor's view of philosophy affect her story titled "Good Country People"?

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Philosophy – which literally means “the love of wisdom” – was very important in the life and thinking of Flannery O’Connor.  Although O’Connor was herself a deeply devout Christian and a professed Roman Catholic, and although she read widely in theological works, she was also intensely interested in philosophy, especially modern philosophy.

O’Connor’s interest in philosophy is especially apparent in her short story titled “Good Country People .” One of the main characters of that work, a young woman originally named Joy who changes her name to Hulga, actually has studied philosophy at the graduate level and even has a Ph.D. in the subject.  In other words, Hulga should ideally be a very wise, thoughtful, intelligent, and reasonable person.  Her study of philosophy, however, has only given her one more reason to consider...

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