A Life Composed: T.S. Eliot and the Morals of Modernism
LIT Verlag Münster, 2002 - 352 من الصفحات
"The modern literary critic", T. S. Eliot wrote in 1929, "must be an 'experimenter' outside of what you might at first consider his own province; [...] there is no literary problem which does not lead us irresistibly to larger problems." This book follows Eliot's principle and situates his literary and critical work in a wide context that reveals manifold links between aesthetics, ethics, politics and epistemology: the historical context of early-twentieth-century idealism, vitalism and pragmatism, especially the intensely political Bergsonian controversy, and the modern context of the philosophies of Charles Taylor, Michel Foucault and Richard Rorty. 'Knowledge', it argues, was verbalised in the modernist age, individualised into the act of 'knowing', an act with motives and goals, and thus introduced into the realm of ethics - a process central to twentieth-century thought. Eliot's poems especially, constructed as "a life composed", a literary lifetime linking composition and composure, ponder the virtue of precision, the sins of pride and "mental sloth", the temptation of prejudice and the need for conviction. Decidedly tentative, Eliot's poems solve the problem of morally significant literature. In a century of suspicion, they ask the crucial question of where one should start to rely.
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Action aesthetics appears argument articulation aware become believe Benda Bergson Bradley called central chapter classicism concept considered Contingency Criterion critical critique culture debate discussion early emotions Essays ethical evaluation experience Faber fact feeling formulation Foucault Hulme human ideal ideas identity important individual instance interpretation irony James judgment kind knowledge language later letter linked literary Literature living London Maurras meaning merely mind modernist moral narrative Nietzsche Notes object one's oneself Paris passage past period philosophy plays poem poet poetical poetry political position possible pragmatism present problem psychology question quoted reality reason reference relation romantic Rorty scepticism seems seen sense social speaks strong style suggested T. S. Eliot Taylor theory things thought tradition truth turn values writings wrote