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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…

Remembering, Forgetting and Self-Constitution: A Comparison of The Last Gentleman and Lanterns on the Levee

To mark the birth of William Alexander Percy here is a paper published in the Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Here is Bertram Wyatt-Brown’s Introduction to the 2006 edition of Percy’s Lanterns on the Levee. And here too is James E. Person Jr.’s look at Percy’s memoir. Bertram Wyatt-Brownlanterns on the leveethe last gentlemanWalker PercyWilliam…

The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime

This recent book sounds most appealing what with a chapter entitled “Walker Percy’s Search”. An endorsement by Brian Smith is recommendation enough. Edith Whartonelizabeth amatohappinessLiberalismNathaniel Hawthornephilosophical literaturePolitical philosophyTom WolfeWalker Percy

Walker Percy Wednesday 184

IF IT IS TRUE that both Anglo-American empiricism and European existentialism contain valid insights, then in respect of the failure to make a unifying effort toward giving an account of all realities, the former is surely the worse offender. For the existentialists do take note of empirical science, if only to demote it to some…