The Romantic Syndrome: Toward a New Method in Cultural by W. T. Jones (auth.)

By W. T. Jones (auth.)

In this age of specialism philosophers, like different experts, are inclined to soak up every one other's washing. right here, maybe imprudently, i try to escape of this development. even though i'm through profes­ sion a thinker, i'm addressing essentially, no longer different philo­ sophers, yet cultural anthropologists, sociologists, historians of rules, and literary and artwork critics. hence, whereas there are chapters during this booklet on metaphysics and political idea, i don't ask, "Is the doctrine in query true?" - that is the type of ques­ tion a thinker may be anticipated to elevate. in its place I ask, "What will we study from this doctrine concerning the character constitution of the person who framed it and concerning the charac­ teristic drives of the society during which he lived?" My purposes for asking and for attempting to solution this type of query, rather than the standard philosophical query, are as follows: although the cloth items of tradition' and the overt habit styles of societies have lengthy been items of clinical learn, the main attribute items of excessive cultures - inventive productions like poems and work and' theoretical constructions like metaphysical and clinical concept - haven't as effortlessly yielded to specific description and research. no longer, after all, that there's no longer a really vast dialogue of those issues. yet so much of it really is carried on in phrases which are unfortunately vague.

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As a device to reconcile verbally these conflicting biases. The Continuity/Discreteness Axis This axis reflects divergent attitudes toward unity and plurality. The effects of these different preferences appear in every area of theoretical behavior - for instance, in theology, in ethics, and in metaphysics. Thus, to cite a theological instance, what I call a strong discreteness-bias is operative in C. S. Lewis's criticism of William Blake: Blake wrote the Marriage of Heaven and Hell. If I have written of their Divorce, this is ...

Association of ideas" ofthis kind is much more external and extrinsic than the experience Proust prizes. For him, the past is really "interwoven" with the present . . if I had been tempted to be a book collector, as the Prince de Guermantes was, I would have been one of a very peculiar sort, seeking that beauty which is independent of the 'value' of a book, properly speaking, and which it possesses for booklovers because of their knowing the libraries it has passed through, or that it was given to this or that famous man by this or that sovereign on the occasion of some special event, and through their having followed it from sale to sale throughout its career; this historic beauty of a book, so to speak, would not be lost for me.

White in "The Development, Use and Abuse oflnterpretation in Biography," English Institute Annual, 1942, p. 35. I am indebted to Professor F. Mulhauser for calling this passage to my attention. I Womm in Love (Modern Library edition), p. 42. SEVEN AXES OF BIAS she had observed them at the meeting and of those she intended to use in her portrayal of Eliza in the meeting scene. I was surprised at this use of the meeting and Dorothy was surprised at my surprise. "What else," she asked, "should I have done?

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