Re: [mythsoc] Owen Barfield in the media
- 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