Owen Barfield in the media
Here we see that Saul Bellow was able and willing to talk about the
philosophy of Owen Barfield, CSL's friend and fellow Inkling.
Here we see Andrew Sullivan calling people who talk about discussing Owen
Barfield with Saul Bellow "poseurs."
- David Bratman
- Mm, no, I rather think Mr. Sullivan is calling anyone who would write
"Since I have a happy weakness for metaphysical speculation, a cellular
certainty that what we see is not all there is, I thought I detected in
some of his writings signs of the old hunt for a knowledge beyond
knowingness, for an understanding that is more than merely brilliant. I
was not altogether surprised when our first meeting moved swiftly
toward an unembarrassed conversation about spirituality."
a poseur. And rightly so.
On Apr 17, 2005, at 3:29 AM, David Bratman wrote:
> Here we see that Saul Bellow was able and willing to talk about the
> philosophy of Owen Barfield, CSL's friend and fellow Inkling.
> Here we see Andrew Sullivan calling people who talk about discussing
> Barfield with Saul Bellow "poseurs."
> - David Bratman
- At 07:19 AM 4/17/2005 -0400, Carl F. Hostetter wrote:
>Mm, no, I rather think Mr. Sullivan is calling anyone who would writeSullivan didn't limit himself to quoting that part. I think the name-drops
of intended conversational familiarity with the philosophies of Barfield
and Arendt is part of the effect that Sullivan is pointing at.
I don't say Sullivan's reaction is wrong. I can discuss Barfield myself,
but I would have to be feeling mighty puffed to write something like what
he quoted. I doubt the actual conversation was as ethereal as depicted,
and probably consisted just of passing references.
- David Bratman