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AuthorJones, W. T. author
TitleThe Romantic Syndrome [electronic resource] : Toward a New Method in Cultural Anthropology and History of Ideas / by W. T. Jones
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1973
Edition Second Edition
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Descript XVIII, 276 p. online resource


In this age of specialism philosophers, like other specialists, tend to take in each other's washing. Here, perhaps imprudently, I attempt to break out of this pattern. Though I am by profesยญ sion a philosopher, I am addressing primarily, not other philoยญ sophers, but cultural anthropologists, sociologists, historians of ideas, and literary and art critics. Thus, while there are chapters in this book on metaphysics and political theory, I do not ask, "Is the doctrine in question true?" - which is the kind of quesยญ tion a philosopher might be expected to raise. Instead I ask, "What can we learn from this doctrine about the personality structure of the individual who framed it and about the characยญ teristic drives of the society in which he lived?" My reasons for asking and for trying to answer this kind of question, instead of the usual philosophical question, are as follows: Though the material products of culture' and the overt behavior patterns of societies have long been objects of scientific study, the most characteristic products of high cultures - artistic productions like poems and paintings and' theoretical structures like metaphysical and scientific theory - have not as readily yielded to exact description and analysis. Not, of course, that there is not a very extensive discussion of these matters. But most of it is carried on in terms that are regrettably vague


I. Introduction -- II. Seven Axes of Bias -- A. General Hypotheses -- B. Hypotheses Regarding Specific Biases -- III. Bias in the Arts and the Sciences -- A. The Continuum of Theoretical Behavior -- B. The Arts: Painting -- C. History -- D. The Sciences -- IV. Four Typical Syndromes -- A. The Medieval Syndrome -- B. The Renaissance Syndrome -- C. The Enlightenment Syndrome -- D. The Romantic Syndrome -- V. The Romantic Syndrome: Poetry -- A. Soft-Focus -- B. Inner-Bias -- C. Disorder-and Dynamic-Biases -- D. Continuity-Bias -- E. Other-World Bias -- VI. Contrasts Between the Romantic Syndrome and the Enlightenment Syndrome: Metaphysics -- A. Schopenhauer -- B. Hume -- C. Kant -- D. Hegel -- VII. Contrasts Between the Romantic Syndrome and The Enlightenment Syndrome: Political Theory -- A. Continuity/Discreteness Axis -- B. Order/Disorder Axis -- C. Static/Dynamic Axis -- D. The Enlightenment and Romantic Syndromes in Political Theory -- VIII. Some Applications and Some Limitations -- A. Applications -- B. Limitations -- Supplementary Notes

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