By Machado De Assis
Machado de Assis (1839-1908) is the good Brazilian writer of thinker or puppy? and Epitaph of a Small Winner, whose paintings is well-liked by means of writers as diverse as Salman Rushdie, Carlos Fuentes, Woody Allen and Susan Sontag. Taken from his mature interval, those surprising tales echo Poe and Gogol, count on Joyce, and feature been in comparison to the writing of Chekhov, Maupassant and Henry James, but his glossy sensibility and clear-eyed humour stay completely precise.
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Such aestheticism (including such sexual restraint) was endemic to the Apostles, not just to Principia, nor to the dreams that Moore shared with Keynes. Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, a warm-hearted homosexual don and Apostle, wrote the neo-Platonic dialogue A Modern Symposium (1905), about “The Seekers” – a club Dickinson attempted to found37 – whose thirteen members spend a calm English summer night delivering philosophical speeches in a poetic vein. Forster wrote a loving 1934 biography of Dickinson, which criticizes his tendency to mystical dreaminess, just as Dickinson had criticized this tendency in McTaggart.
Strachey loved the thought of his philosophical mentor being gay, and encouraged the friends to see themselves as lovers. Strachey was successful enough in this endeavor that in 1904 – when Moore’s fellowship expired shortly after Principia’s publication – Moore moved to Edinburgh to live with Ainsworth. 44 Ainsworth eventually married Moore’s younger sister, and Moore married and had two sons by Dorothy Ely. ”45 Even a mere shade of an ideal, however, must often be articulated cautiously if a text is released beyond its author’s intimates, to a wider, “respectable” community.
Long before Russell, Moore, and Strachey were elected, unconsummated attractions between its members were among its trademarks. Russell, in other words, is correct to see “nice feelings” as Stracheyan and 42 Philosophical backgrounds Keynesian values. But he is historically forgetful to imagine that those two men introduced them to the society. Moore himself had been an acolyte of such values; Principia’s opening chapter puts the “ﬁne shade” of yellow to extensive work. But it was Moore’s personal crisis of intimacy that led “nice feelings” to become an explicit topic of philosophical inquiry, and that led Principia to develop aesthetic and erotic themes both in conjunction with and in opposition to one another.
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