In the great English tradition of the lay specialist, Barfield, a lawyer, modernizes the Platonic dialogue format to focus on the philosophic problems of reality and ways of knowing This is the solvent mind at its best distinguished exchanges giving provocative, open ended results at every point Highly recommended of permanent value Choice Books for College Librar In the great English tradition of the lay specialist, Barfield, a lawyer, modernizes the Platonic dialogue format to focus on the philosophic problems of reality and ways of knowing This is the solvent mind at its best distinguished exchanges giving provocative, open ended results at every point Highly recommended of permanent value Choice Books for College Libraries Owen Barfield, who died in 1997 shortly after entering his hundredth year, was one of the seminal minds of the twentieth century, of whom C S Lewis wrote he towers above us all His books have won respect from many writers other than Lewis, among them T S Eliot, J R R Tolkein, and Saul Bellows, and John Lukacs He was born in North London in 1898 and received his B.A with first class honors from Wadham College, Oxford, in 1921 He also earned B.C.L M.A and B.Litt degrees from Oxford and was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature He served as a solicitor for twenty eight years until his retirement from legal practice in 1959 Barfield was a visiting professor at Brandeis and Drew Universities, Hamilton College, the University of Missouri at Columbia, UCLA, SUNY Stony Brook, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver His books include seven others published by The Barfield Press Romanticism Comes of Age, Worlds Apart A Dialogue of the 1960s, Unancestral Voice, Speaker s Meaning, What Coleridge Thought, The Rediscovery of Meaning, and History, Guilt and Habit.
Worlds Apart In the great English tradition of the lay specialist Barfield a lawyer modernizes the Platonic dialogue format to focus on the philosophic problems of reality and ways of knowing This is the solven
A relatively deep read, which for me took mental effort, but in a good way.P 67, We are no longer capable of thinking deeply, because we think too quickly.
I just finished this one and I m still digesting it The reviews that I read before I myself read the book stated that this fictional account is the best way to absorb the sometimes nebulous and abstract thought system of Barfield Having read it, I agree that it is easier to understand on the first read than, say, Saving the Appearances was, but the fictional give and take aspects of the book do not dumb down nor simplify Anthroposophy There were still moments of frustration and self doubt on my [...]
I read Plato s Dialogues when I was 14, and enjoyed them This was hard Barfield thinks in some very sideways kinds of ways, and I really enjoyed working at keeping up with him His angle of view on the scientific revolution was well worth the effort, and there s some other gems besides.
This is my second time to read the book The first time was a rushed skim to see what it was about It warrants a careful rereading.Barfield was a solid writer and thought deeply Most of us are going to be struck with how that man with those analytic and imaginative skills, education, atheistic upbringing a free thinking household that ridiculed religion , social influences meaning C.S Lewis and other University students and faculty , and nearly 70 years to think about it believed a set of, what w [...]
The Owen Barfield reading tour continues with Worlds Apart, written by Barfield as a dialogue between several academics with different philosophies Two are clearly anthroposophists like Barfield, and the rest represent different disciplines ranging from physics to psychology I m trying to decide if this book is a good entry point to Barfield or not It does focus on science and the back and forth of the many objections to Barfield s ideas The dialogue format of Worlds Apart plays to Barfield s ex [...]
Owen Barfield s philosophical works were highly regarded by such a diverse collection of authors as Saul Bellow, T.S Eliot, C.S Lewis and John Lukacs And, while it is perhaps one of his accessible books, there is much in Worlds Apart to suggest just why these authors found Barfield worth pondering.I took the first half of the book very slowly, reading and rereading small chunks over the course of a couple weeks, getting used to the ideas and to Barfield s style of discourse in terms of form, th [...]
If you like Saving the Appearances you will probably like this book.
A great conversation
Such a profound book I could read this 20 times and get something new out of it each time.