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June 12, 2011
About Dreyfus & Kelly's
"All Things Shining"... ALL_THINGS_SHINING
Gary Willis outlines Shining's message:
"It is hard for modern people to
respond spontaneously to whooshes
because our culture unfortunately
invented 'inwardness,' the search
for deeper meanings under the
surface-- ... "
"... Homer's heroes are open to
the gods, to sacred 'moods' (by [ref]
which they seem to mean impulses),
which frees one from the anxiety Kelly objects to the word "impulses";
of choice. Like natural athletes, "This is precisely the kind of
Homer's heroes do not 'overthink' inner, psychological account
or try too hard." we are against."
"In this view, the characters in But a "sacred impulse" is
Homer's epics just go with the different from a psychological
flow of the god-induced moods, impulse: Kelly is quibbling.
and thus they escape the anxiety
of choice." Perhaps Kelly dislikes
the word "impulse"
Gary Willis is scathing Because it might imply
in his discussion of the a degree of volition?
author's ignorance of
the great works of Dreyfus and Kelly prefer
Western culture, e.g. the idea that we're
he claims they're helpless... they say
relying on a discredited that trying to take
understanding of Homer. responsibility for your
life leads to suicide.
Kelly claims that Willis
has misrepresented them. SHINING_EXISTENTIALISM
Having read the relevant
chapter of their book, I can't
see what they're complaining
they said just what Willis Kelly objects to Willis'
claimed they said. "Emperor New Clothes"
framing, but that robe
Kelly is drawing over his
butt looks awfully thin.
At the outset (p.3), they
comment approvingly on
unthinking heroism, and
complain "This sense of
certainty is rare in the (Outside of
contemporary world." Republican
Then a little later (p.82)
they comment glowingly:
"In general, the
Homeric Greeks had
almost no sense of Dreyfus & Kelly accuse
an inner life of the Gary Willis of hidden
sort that seems so motives, calling him a
obvious to us." "defender of the
Catholic faith", which
That's pretty much neatly explains his (It doesn't
the general thrust. vitriol. explain mine,
Too much thinking though.)
hurts your head. Dreyfus strikes me as
someone who likes to
dismiss the opposition
by assigning a label,
e.g. philosophers who
disagree with him are
(Dreyfus is a "labelist").
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