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Walker Percy, philosopher (4)

Forthcoming: Walker Percy, Philosopher. Walker Percy, Phenomenology, and the Mystery of Language by Carolyn Culbertson In his theoretical essays on language, Walker Percy criticizes contemporary linguistics for overlooking the deep, existential impact that language acquisition has on human life. This acquisition, for Percy, radically transforms the human being’s mode of existence. With the acquisition of language,…

Walker Percy, philosopher (3)

Forthcoming: Walker Percy, Philosopher. Percy, Peirce, and Parsifal: Intuition’s Farther Shore by Stephen Utz Walker Percy’s unusual aspirations set his novels apart from most literary attempts to understand profound human problems. He gave meaning to the category of art as inquiry. In the novels, his characters’ eccentric quests treat everyday things as evidence for abstract and…

Walker Percy, philosopher (2)

Forthcoming: Walker Percy, Philosopher. Philosopher of Precision and Soul by Leslie Marsh The theme of abstraction operates in a twofold way in Percy – abstraction in the sense of being alienated from ones true or more authentic way of being/self and abstraction in a methodological sense, the inherent abstraction of scientific method and the more vulgar…

Walker Percy, philosopher (1)

This marks the first of a series of extracts from the forthcoming Walker Percy, Philosopher. Percy: The Wondering Physician-Philosopher by Richard Gunderman Percy did not advocate an abandonment of science, but he did see the need for another way of knowing, or at least another means of investigation – one that recognized the possibility of a different…

Walker Percy: Diagnosing the Modern Malaise

Born on this date. I don’t recall this rare bit of Percyana ever being mentioned by Rhoda Faust. Most appropriately entitled Diagnosing the Modern Malaise it was published by Rhoda’s imprint in 1985 and is one of only 250 numbered copies signed by Percy (with 50 others on special paper) and is listed with various antiquarian booksellers at…

Walker Percy Wednesday 186

AFTER READING Feeling and Form, Susanne Langer’s extraordinary work on aesthetics, one inevitably goes back to her earlier book Philosophy in a New Key, of which according to the author the former is the companion volume — not just to get one’s bearings in the general semiotic on which the aesthetic is based, but in…

Walker Percy Wednesday 185

What has this to do with existentialism? We will pass over the epistemological consequences of symbolic knowing, the possession of the thing by the symbol rather than adaptation by signal-a knowing which is indeed existential in the broad sense of knowing something by being something-and go at once to the more typical existentialia. The recognition…