“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Realist Magic Liveblog 6

Thanks to Thomas Gokey, Will Frei and Ryan Brand-Neuroth, I now have the correct Tillich citation for oukontic versus meontic nothingness. Consider yourselves acknowledged (I just did it). Thank you.

The book now approaches 70 000 words, which is just about optimal before I polish up the endnotes. I've scoured through 33 of 163 notes on Realist Magic in my database. So I guess I'll keep going.

Right now I'm distinguishing between a study of the aesthetic as a causal dimension and what Terry Eagleton and Paul de Man call “aesthetic ideology” (in slightly different ways). For ages the aesthetic has provided a kind of dating service that those desperate to see subject and object hit it off have used to ill effect.

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