The Romantic Syndrome

Toward a New Method in Cultural Anthropology and History of Ideas

  • W. T. Jones

Part of the International Scholars Forum book series (ISFO, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 252-276

About this book


In this age of specialism philosophers, like other specialists, tend to take in each other's washing. Here, perhaps imprudently, I attempt to break out of this pattern. Though I am by profes­ sion a philosopher, I am addressing primarily, not other philo­ sophers, but cultural anthropologists, sociologists, historians of ideas, and literary and art critics. Thus, while there are chapters in this book on metaphysics and political theory, I do not ask, "Is the doctrine in question true?" - which is the kind of ques­ tion a philosopher might be expected to raise. Instead I ask, "What can we learn from this doctrine about the personality structure of the individual who framed it and about the charac­ teristic drives of the society in which he lived?" My reasons for asking and for trying to answer this kind of question, instead of the usual philosophical question, are as follows: Though the material products of culture and the overt behavior patterns of societies have long been objects of scientific study, the most characteristic products of high cultures - artistic productions like poems and paintings and theoretical structures like metaphysical and scientific theory - have not as readily yielded to exact description and analysis. Not, of course, that there is not a very extensive discussion of these matters. But most of it is carried on in terms that are regrettably vague.


ETA anthropology political theory

Authors and affiliations

  • W. T. Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.Pomona CollegeUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1961
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-015-0412-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-1029-5
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