A New Philosophy of Literature: The Fundamental Theme and Unity of World Literature: the Vision of the Infinite and the Universalist Literary Tradition

A New Philosophy of Literature: The Fundamental Theme and Unity of World Literature: the Vision of the Infinite and the Universalist Literary Tradition

Nicholas Hagger


In the hot Philosophy of Universalism Nicholas Hagger defined a brand new philosophy that restates the order in the universe, the oneness of humankind and an enormous fact perceived as gentle; and its functions in lots of disciplines, together with literature. during this paintings of literary Universalism, which consists of ahead the considering in T.S. Eliot’s ‘Tradition and the person expertise’ and different essays, Hagger strains the elemental subject of worldwide literature, which has alternating metaphysical and secular features: a quest for fact and immortality; and condemnation of social vices with regards to an implied advantage. due to the fact that classical occasions those antithetical traditions have periodically been synthesised by way of Universalists. Hagger units out the realm Universalist literary culture: the writers who from precedent days have established their paintings at the basic Universalist topic. those are available within the Graeco-Roman global, the center a long time and Renaissance, within the Baroque Age, within the Neoclassical, Romantic Victorian and Modernist sessions, and within the smooth time. He demonstrates that the Universalist sensibility is a synthesis of the metaphysical and secular traditions, and a mix of the Romantic encouraged mind's eye (the internal college through which Romantic poets approached the sunshine) and the Neoclassical imitative method of literature which emphasizes social order and percentage, a mixture present in the Baroque time of the Metaphysical poets, and in Victorian and Modernist literature. Universalists exhibit their cross-disciplinary sensibility in literary epic, as did Homer, Virgil, Dante and Milton, and in a few genres inside of literature – and in heritage and philosophy. Universalist historians declare that each civilisation is nourished via a metaphysical imaginative and prescient that's expressed in its artwork, and whilst it declines secular, materialist writings lose touch with its vital imaginative and prescient. As Universalist literary works restate the order in the universe, exhibit metaphysical Being and fix the imaginative and prescient of truth, Hagger excitingly argues that the Universalist sensibility renews Western civilisation’s well-being. Literary Universalism is a flow that revives the metaphysical outlook and combines it with the secular, materialistic method of literature that has predominated lately. it may possibly perform a revolution in notion and tradition and supply a brand new path in modern literature. This paintings conveys Universalism’s influence on literature, and may be learn via all who've matters concerning the ailment and decline of up to date European/Western tradition.

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