Monday, July 11, 2005

de Rougemont slaps moderns

On a reader's recommendation, I've been reading Denis de Rougement's Love in the Western World. I'm only about 1/3 of the way through it (I'm stupidly trying to read it and two other books at the same time, while writing an article), on page 114 I found this:

"Since Rousseau the moderns have indeed supposed that there exists a kind of normal nature upon which the pseudo-problems of culture and religion came to be super-added .... This touching illusion may assist them in 'living,' but not in the understanding of their lives."

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