Walter Pater

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byFerris Greenslet

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... i V "THE NEW CYRENAICISM" After the publication of "The Renaissance" in 1873, the reviews, becoming aware of the religious and philosophic scepticism which it implied, and the peculiar theory-of ethics which it explicitly defended, speedily bestowed upon its author the then (and still) reproachful name of "Hedonist." Fearful of misunderstanding, Pater, in 1877, withdrew the summary "Conclusion" from the second edition. Then in "Marius," and especially in the chapter entitled "The New Cyrenaicism," he attempted a more elaborate exposition and defence of his beliefs. Finally, in 1888, in the third edition of "The Renaissance," he reinstated that 102 portentous "Conclusion," with slight changes, he says, to bring it nearer to his original meaning, but really, one fancies, to his meaning as modified by maturity. Henceforth his "Cyrenaicism" was fairly understood, and respected accordingly. It should be of advantage to us, then, to study Pater's philosophy of life as a whole under this self-chosen name. This should aid one to conceive more clearly the purport and development of his opinions, and it should help one to a better understanding of the intricate, Pateresque tendency in recent lif e and letters. Perhaps not every schoolboy knows that Cyrenaicism was a system of thought and conduct bred in the mind of Aristippus of Cyrene. This person, who was a contemporary of Socrates, held that all / Knowledge is relative to the perceiving mind, that we can never really know the thing in itself, that, since this is the case, the chief end of life should be the pursuit of high intellectual pleasure or well-being in an enduring state of contentment. A follower of Aristippus, one Euhemerus, developed his system into a very rationalistic philosophy of...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... i V "THE NEW CYRENAICISM" After the publication of "The Renaissance" in 1873, the reviews, becoming aware of t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:20 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021730804X

ISBN - 13:9780217308045

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