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    • Gospels of Anarchy. Essays on True and Sham Spirituality
      Vernon Lee
      In this 1909 volume the nineteenth-century culture is discussed focusing on the post-romantic and unrealistic restorations of spirituality that carry within themselves a kinship with positivism and the key of their failure, both revealed in the persistent intellectualism that imprints all forms of alleged spirituality, rediscovered or founded from scratch by Emerson, Tolstoy, Ruskin, Nietzsche, William James and by the planning attitude of the future of the new socialist Utopias.

      Pages 238
      Format: epub + mobi
      ISBN 9788897527497 Anno 2020
    • Ebook Price € 3


    • Vernon Lee
      Vernon Lee was born Violet Paget in 1856. Although best remembered for the bewitching ghost stories she wrote between 1881 and 1913, she was also a fervent pacifist who wrote extensively and innovatively on the art of writing and the morality of art itself. She died in 1935. She built a personal philosophy resistant to formulas and built on an original notion of Manifold Reality and its needs.
      Birth 1856
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    • BACK COVER
      In 1909 Vernon Lee published in a volume, whose title was Gospels of Anarchy, some essays she had written between the end of the century and 1907. The book doesn't speak at all of anarchy in the sense one would expect: there is no mention of Bakunin, nor of any other theoretical or practical anarchist. It speaks of nineteenth-century culture under a double facies: it hints at the obvious one of the spirit of gross scientism, and focuses all attention on the less obvious one of the post-romantic and unrealistic restorations of spirituality that carry within themselves a kinship with positivism as well as the key of their failure, which are both revealed in the persistent intellectualism that imprints all forms of alleged religiosity, rediscovered or founded from scratch: this judgment falls mercilessly on Emerson, Tolstoy, Ruskin, Nietzsche, William James with his "will to believe", and finally on what seems to Vernon Lee the latest version of this spirit, the planning attitude of the future of the new socialist Utopias, targeted through H.G. Wells, which "think about the future" instead of "taking care of the present", that is to say they plan the future with abstract thought and unrealistic velleities rather than accepting what could be prepared by taking thoughtful care of the present. This is the meaning of the Anarchy label: the obtuseness of the nineteenth century, which by claiming to restore the mythical spirituality which it longs for through the artifice dominated by the intellect, falls into "disorder".
      In the meantime, in the variety of critical discussions, Vernon Lee's philosophy is built piece by piece, in an unsystematic way, which could be summarized with caution as a religion of respect for the infinite variety of Reality, and respect for the humble and useful work that takes care of the present and its needs. A philosophy resistant to formulas and built on an original notion of Manifold Reality and its needs.
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
      Editor’s Foreword: Vernon Lee’s Essays on True and Sham Spirituality
      Notes for the 2020 electronic edition
      Original title page
      Dedication
      I. GOSPELS OF ANARCHY
      II. EMERSON AS A TEACHER OF LATTER-DAY TENDENCIES
      III. DETERIORATION OF SOUL
      IV. TOLSTOI AS PROPHET – NOTES ON THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ASCETICISM
      V. TOLSTOI ON ART
      VI. NIETZSCHE AND THE “WILL TO POWER”
      VII. PROFESSOR JAMES AND THE “WILL TO BELIEVE”
      VIII. ROSNY AND THE FRENCH ANALYTICAL NOVEL
      IX. THE ECONOMIC PARASITISM OF WOMEN
      X. RUSKIN AS A REFORMER
      XI. ON MODERN UTOPIAS – AN OPEN LETTER TO H. G. WELLS
      XII. A POSTSCRIPT ABOUT MR. WELLS AND UTOPIAS
      Back cover
      Vernon Lee

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