The Southern Philosopher: Collected Essays of John William Corrington by John William CorringtonThe Southern Philosopher: Collected Essays of John William Corrington by John William Corrington

The Southern Philosopher: Collected Essays of John William Corrington

byJohn William CorringtonEditorAllen Mendenhall

Paperback | July 18, 2017

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John William Corrington, once dubbed a “Southern Man of Letters,” is mostly known for his fiction, poetry, and screenplays. Having achieved fame for writing the screenplays for The Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Boxcar Bertha, Omega Man, and other films, Corrington also wrote philosophical, literary, and jurisprudential essays that are often overlooked. Corrington turned to screenwriting because he needed money, but the enormity of his intellect is evident in his essays, which are prescient, bold, provocative, and intelligent. Corrington wrote about such wide-ranging issues as his beloved South, the humanities, law, jurisprudence, Gnosticism, and Eric Voegelin. His writing, with its literary flair and abiding conservatism, is distinctly Southern. Corrington is the most extraordinary “undiscovered” Southern philosopher never to have received the sustained attention he deserves. This book is the first to recover the profound and complex essays of this complicated man known more for his day job as a lawyer and screenwriter than for his significant critical essays and lectures. It contains essays and lectures never before collected, and some have never been published. This edition is an indispensable introduction to Corrington’s philosophy. Only by studying these essays and lectures may one hope to gain a proper understanding of Corrington’s full works in their broader contexts.

Title:The Southern Philosopher: Collected Essays of John William CorringtonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:362 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:July 18, 2017Publisher:University of North Florida (Jacksonville)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1940771374

ISBN - 13:9781940771373


Table of Contents

Preface viiIntroduction ixPart I: Writing 1The Mystery of Writing 3The Uses of History and the Meaning of Fiction 24Part II: Literature 31Literary Criticism 31The Humanities 31Academia 31A Poet's Credo 33Intuition-Intellect 36The "Message" as Art 51The Academic Revolution: 54Work in Progress 54The Recovery of the Humanities I 64The Recovery of the Humanities II 87Part III: History 101A Rebirth of Philosophical Thought 103Philosophies of History: 108An Interview with Eric Voegelin 108The Law and the Prophets 122Science, Symbol, and Meaning 125Part IV: Gnosticism 137The Structure of 139Gnostic Consciousness 139Gnosticism and Modern Thought: 157A Way You'll Never Be 157A Brief History of Gnosticism, Part I 204A Brief History of Gnosticism, Part II 217Appendices 241Appendix A 243Appendix B 296Appendix C 299Appendix D 309Bibliographies 313Selected Bibliography 315The Collected Works of 320Eric Voegelin 320Corrington's Publications 322About the Editor 341