Stephen H. Conlin

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Steve Conlin is an independent scholar whose Master's thesis was on Hans-Georg Gadamer's "Truth and Method" from the University of Southhampton in the United Kingdom.

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The aim of this article is to propose the notion that the spoudaios, spoudaic potential and the spoudaic spectrum are constantly recurring figures in literary texts per se, both poetry and prose, and to demonstrate this by presenting some theoretical ideas and applying them to an analysis of two literary examples: an incident in Hamlet, and Ted Hughes’ poem The…

The Incarnation of the Poetic Word: Theological Essays on Poetry and Philosophy. Michael Martin. Kettering OH: Angelico Press, 2017.
In these theological and philosophical essays on poetry and philosophy, as Martin describes them in his subtitle, we are presented with what amounts to a pioneering work in the burgeoning field of agapeic (literary) criticism.
What is this “new” area, precisely? Martin explains:

In the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell presents us with a world where systemic thinking, a form of solipsism represented by the Party and embodied in O’Brien, has come to permeate and dominate all aspects of human living. This type of thinking, which adheres rigidly to its own logic, becomes a form of closed-mindedness that recognizes no perspective other than…