[lit-ideas] Re: Tasting: the preparatory text

  • From: John McCreery <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 18:14:06 +0900

You appear to have attributed to John Wager words written by Walter


On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 4:43 PM, Eric Yost <mr.eric.yost@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> John: Is it not the case that people become literary writers or poets
> instead of
> philosophers or scientists because they aren't clear on what they believe
> to be
> true or right?
> Eric: No. Writers and poets have an intuition -- an intuition unrelated to
> belief -- that they cannot put into words. That's why they write so much.
> For poets, it's often a sound, maybe the sound of a few words; for writers
> it may be a scene that has some ineluctable attraction to them.
> John: Or because they believe that "true" and "right" do not apply to their
> (or anybody's) views on world, others and self?
> Eric: Depends on the writer or poet. For the most part, no.
> John: Or because they lack the courage of their convictions, should they
> have any?
> Eric: In general, writers and poets have *more* courage than philosophers.
> Writers and poets go to darker places, within themselves and their
> characters, than philosophers usually dare to enter. Hence the philosopher's
> penchant for "clarity," analysis, and argumentation, all of which are,
> finally, a way of defending the timid self by recourse to generalizations
> and abstractions.
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