Dualisms

Dualisms

The Agons of the Modern World

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Dualism is a motif that runs through literature of all genres and historical contexts, inspiring argumentation at the highest level and showing the formation of ideas in association as a creative exchange. It arises with special pertinence in western literature since the Renaissance and Reformation. In Dualisms, noted scholar Ricardo J. Quinones considers four major intellectual encounters: Erasmus and Luther, Voltaire and Rousseau, Turgenev and Dostoevsky, and Sartre and Camus. These four instances, Quinones argues, are important for what they are and what they represent: major intellectual contests that created the modern era and remain the ‘agons’ of our time.

Through in-depth analysis, this study looks at the clarifications that emerged from four famous polemics. Discerning an ‘itinerary of their encounters,’ Quinones suggests a shared paradigm of development that is true for each of the examples of dualism. In all four cases, the two participants represented the vanguard of their time, and all of the debates started from shared intellectual positions until subsequent events revealed substantially different temperaments. It is the inescapable tension and connection between prior affinities and the discord of debate that continue to intrigue us.

Dualisms is a tour-de-force, encompassing intellectual history, philosophy, theology, and literary criticism. It provides fresh perspectives on some of the most famous intellectual debates in all of literature, and considers the implications that they continue to have for the study of the humanities in the modern world.

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Dualisms is a tour-de-force, encompassing intellectual history, philosophy, theology, and literary criticism. It provides fresh perspectives on some of the most famous intellectual debates in all of literature, and considers the implications that they continue to have for the study of the humanities in the modern world.


Dualism is a motif that runs through literature of all genres and historical contexts, inspiring argumentation at the highest level and showing the formation of ideas in association as a creative exchange. It arises with special pertinence in western literature since the Renaissance and Reformation. In Dualisms, noted scholar Ricardo J. Quinones considers four major intellectual encounters: Erasmus and Luther, Voltaire and Rousseau, Turgenev and Dostoevsky, and Sartre and Camus. These four instances, Quinones argues, are important for what they are and what they represent: major intellectual contests that created the modern era and remain the ?agons? of our time.

Through in-depth analysis, this study looks at the clarifications that emerged from four famous polemics. Discerning an ?itinerary of their encounters,? Quinones suggests a shared paradigm of development that is true for each of the examples of dualism. In all four cases, the two participants represented the vanguard of their time, and all of the debates started from shared intellectual positions until subsequent events revealed substantially different temperaments. It is the inescapable tension and connection between prior affinities and the discord of debate that continue to intrigue us.

Dualisms is a tour-de-force, encompassing intellectual history, philosophy, theology, and literary criticism. It provides fresh perspectives on some of the most famous intellectual debates in all of literature, and considers the implications that they continue to have for the study of the humanities in the modern world.


Dualism is a motif that runs through literature of all genres and historical contexts, inspiring argumentation at the highest level and showing the formation of ideas in association as a creative exchange. It arises with special pertinence in western literature since the Renaissance and Reformation. In Dualisms, noted scholar Ricardo J. Quinones considers four major intellectual encounters: Erasmus and Luther, Voltaire and Rousseau, Turgenev and Dostoevsky, and Sartre and Camus. These four instances, Quinones argues, are important for what they are and what they represent: major intellectual contests that created the modern era and remain the 'agons' of our time.

Through in-depth analysis, this study looks at the clarifications that emerged from four famous polemics. Discerning an 'itinerary of their encounters,' Quinones suggests a shared paradigm of development that is true for each of the examples of dualism. In all four cases, the two participants represented the vanguard of their time, and all of the debates started from shared intellectual positions until subsequent events revealed substantially different temperaments. It is the inescapable tension and connection between prior affinities and the discord of debate that continue to intrigue us.

Dualisms is a tour-de-force, encompassing intellectual history, philosophy, theology, and literary criticism. It provides fresh perspectives on some of the most famous intellectual debates in all of literature, and considers the implications that they continue to have for the study of the humanities in the modern world.



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Quinones (English, Claremont McKenna College, emeritus) gives an in-depth look at the great intellectual debates of modern Western history. Beginning with Luther and Erasmus and ending with Sartre and Camus, he notes how the differing world views of each pair of thinkers were refined through their opposition to each other. He shows how the same opposing positions reappear in different guises through the centuries. These address fundamental ways in which people base their self-definition, albeit without knowing the source. Quinones presents both sides of each debate without bias. He gives examples of how the subjects interacted, such as Voltaire's criticisms of Rousseau and Rousseau's response. However, the theme of this book is not the nature of the dualisms, although that is included, but their continuity. It is rather a plea for a continued study of the humanities, for thoughtful debate along with introspection. The quest for self-definition can only exist in an atmosphere of free exchange of ideas. Quinones notes that dualisms exist in art, music and science. Without them, society is stagnant. The lyrical prose makes this book a pleasure to read. One note, several of the foreign phrases contain misspellings ('suave' for 'sauve' for example). A careful copyedit for further editions is suggested. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, Ă2007
ISBN: 9781442684287
1442684283
0802097634
9780802097637
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 451 pages)

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