Hawk – Obvious Terministic Screen

Rousseau also gave impetus to the subjective epistemologies of his century, favoring private, expressive, and intuitive models of discourse over formal, social or artificial ones... (emphasis added, Burton qtd. in Hawk) The terminist screen that is used in the quote above is surprisingly strong.  To say that Romanticism is intuitive while Vitalism is artificial is... Continue Reading →


The Poet, the Program and the Method

Coleridge's ideal poet The poet, described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of man into activity, with the subordination of its faculties to each other according to their relative worth and dignity. He diffuses a tone and spirit of unity, that blends, and (as it were) fuses, each into each, by that synthetic and... Continue Reading →

Burke’s Program – Living vs. Dead Discourse

Jasper Neel's Aristotle's Voice, Coleridge's essays on the Method, Burke's Terministic Screens, and now Burke's Program all talk about living discourse vs.  dead discourse. [The artist's] innovations today must be, in some way, the humanistic or cultural counterpart of the external changes brought about by industrialism, or mechanization. Kenneth Burke I think it is the... Continue Reading →

Coleridge – The Joy of Learning

Thus exuberance of mind, on the one hand, interferes with the forms of Method; but sterility of mind, on the other, wanting the spring and impulse to mental action, is wholly destructive of Method itself. Samuel Coleridge Excitement and desire for learning changes the forms of Method (making it organic just as humans are organic).  However,... Continue Reading →

Coleridge – “Definition” of Method

Method...becomes natural to the mind which has been accustomed to contemplate not things only, or for their sake alone, but likewise and chiefly the relations of things, either their relations to each other, or to the observer, or to the state and apprehension of the hearers.  To enumerate and analyze these relations, which the conditions under which... Continue Reading →

Coleridge- On the uneducated and method

For the absence of Method, which characterizes the uneducated... Samuel Coleridge To begin, I want to reflect on  a definition of Method that was given.  Method, as Coleridge talks about it, is "the process or way things are done to think and therefore compose." Now, I am going to tell a quick story.  Last semester, I... Continue Reading →

Coleridge- on the methodization of energy

Of the good and faithful servant, whose energies, thus directed, are thus methodized, it is truly affirmed that He lives in time, than that Time lives in him. Samuel Coleridge That quote is from Coleridge's "Essays on Method."  This quote reminds me of Jasper Neel's comments in his book Aristotle's Voice on living, human discourse vs.... Continue Reading →

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