Books and Culture

Books and Culture

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Paperback, General Books, 2010, ISBN13 9781443224031, ISBN10 1443224030
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Paperback, General Books, 2010, ISBN13 9781443224031, ISBN10 1443224030

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Paperback, General Books, 2010, ISBN13 9781443224031, ISBN10 1443224030

Excerpt: ...and philosophies, it is the divinest of all the powers which men are able to put forth, because it is the creative power. It uses thought, but, in a way, it is greater than thought, because it builds out of thought that which thought alone is powerless to construct. It is, indeed, the essential element in great constructive thinking; for while we may have thoughts untouched by the imagination, one cannot think along high constructive lines without its constant aid. Isolated thoughts come unattended by it, but the thinking which issues in organised systems, in comprehensive interpretations of things and events, in those noble generalisations which have the splendour of the discovery of new worlds in them, in those concrete embodiments of idea which we call works of art, is conditioned on the use of the imagination. Plato's Dialogues were fashioned by it as truly as Homer's poems; Hegel's philosophy was created by it as definitely as Shakespeare's plays, and Newton and Kepler used it as freely as Dante or Rembrandt. Upon the use of this supreme faculty we depend not only for creative power, but for education in the highest sense of the word; for culture is the highest result of education, and the final test of education is its power to produce culture. Goethe was in the habit of saying that sympathy is essential to all true criticism; for no man can discern the heart of a movement, of a work of art, or of a race who does not put himself into heart relations with that which he is trying to understand. We never really possess an idea, a bit of knowledge, or a fact of experience until we get below the mind of it into the heart of it. Now, sympathy in this sense is the imagination touched with feeling; it is the imagination bringing thought and emotion into vital relation. In the process of culture, therefore, the imagination plays a great part; for culture, it cannot too often be said, is knowledge, observation, and experience incorporate into...

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Number of Pages: 64
Number in Series: 1
Original Languages: English
Author: Mabie, Hamilton Wright
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com
Publication Date: August, 2012
ISBN-13: 9781443224031
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 7.44 x 0.13 x 9.69 Inches
ISBN-10: 1443224030
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