Friday, August 10, 2012

Yesterday with Susan K. Langer (or, Books in Bed)

The Menu
Philosophy in a New Key: A Study in the Symbolism of Reason, Rite, and Art
Chapter I: The New Key

In which Susan Langer discusses the history of thought/epistemology from the pre-Socratics until the time when empiricism "no longer causes revolutions", and the world has become preoccupied with symbols, both mathematical and psychological/social. She asks, Is "symbolization" a "generative idea" that "will beget tangible methods of its the deadlocked paradoxes of mind and body, reason and impulse, autonomy and law, and...overcome the checkmated arguments of an earlier age by discarding their very idiom and shaping their equivalents in more significant phrase"? 

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