Áristos

ristos Two years after The Collector had brought him international recognition and a year before he published The Magus John Fowles set out his ideas on life in The Aristos The chief inspiration behind them

  • Title: Áristos
  • Author: John Fowles Miguel Martínez-Lage
  • ISBN: 9788476696385
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • Áristos

    Two years after The Collector had brought him international recognition and a year before he published The Magus, John Fowles set out his ideas on life in The Aristos The chief inspiration behind them was the fifth century BC philosopher Heraclitus In the world he posited of constant and chaotic flux the supreme good was the Aristos, of a person or thing, the best or moTwo years after The Collector had brought him international recognition and a year before he published The Magus, John Fowles set out his ideas on life in The Aristos The chief inspiration behind them was the fifth century BC philosopher Heraclitus In the world he posited of constant and chaotic flux the supreme good was the Aristos, of a person or thing, the best or most excellent its kind What I was really trying to define was an ideal of human freedom the Aristos in an unfree world, wrote Fowles in 1965 He called a materialistic and over conforming culture to reckoning with his views on a myriad of subjects pleasure and pain, beauty and ugliness, Christianity, humanism, existentialism, socialism

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    1. Beverly J.

      I had such high hopes for this I was ready to be dazzled by a manifesto of an author I have always held in high regard It was as dry and interesting as white bread Such a disappointment.

    2. John Jr.

      The Aristos was not written to persuade but rather to declare, boldly as well as baldly and unconditionally, and to provoke Its title probably doesn t mean what you think it means It comes from ancient Greek, is pronounced with an emphasis on the first syllable, and means roughly the best for a given situation I know this because John Fowles told me so in his preface It was written under the influence of a love affaire with Gallic clarity and concision yes, Fowles used here, as he tended to do e [...]

    3. Algirdas Brukštus

      Mes bendraujame su pasauliu per operacin sistem m s pasaulio suvokim , per tai, kaip mumyse apra ytas pasaulis,jame vykstantys procesai ir kur jame yra m s vieta Tai yra pas visus, net pas Mauglius, kuriems pasaul apra vilkai ir kurie su pasauliu s veikauja kaip vilkai, ta iau apie tai susim sto ir apie tai ima ra yti tik nedaugelis, tik taip vadinami filosofai B na, kad apie tai para o ir ra ytojai Kartais es forma, o kartais ir filosofinio traktato pavidalu, kaip atsitiko su Johnu Fowlesu, kur [...]

    4. Simon Mcleish

      Originally published on my blog here in May 2011.The title may suggest la lanterne les aristos , the cry of the French revolutionary mob in The Scarlet Pimpernel But in fact Fowles is using the Greek word aristos, meaning the best without the reference to hereditary privilege it now has in its best known English descendant, aristocracy, or being restricted in application to people, as the same word has it This is a book which describes Fowles personal philosophy, which is all about the best in h [...]

    5. Liedzeit

      This is what I will remmber from this book Before opposing, ask these questions To what extent do I enjoy opposing If I could annihilate in one blow all that I oppose, would I make that blow Will my opposition weaken or strengthen the thing opposed Is it a pose or reality

    6. Terry

      I read The Magus Only once and in the original version I read The Collector and The French Lieutenant s Woman I saw the movies made from the latter two I guess it would be okay to say that back in the day I was a Fowles fan But I don t remember ever hearing about or reading about The Aristos I m a bit surprised because it seems a given that in The Sixties it would have garnered some tidbit of fame even though in the realms of the Tao and of existential philosophy, which this volume plumbs, the c [...]

    7. Craig

      An interesting philosophical autobiography of John Fowles his attempt to illustrate the philosophy behind his novels Fowles writes as an existentialist, naturalist, and poet, and his prose is the child of Thomas Hardy I don t normally like books of philosophy they so often wallow in abstractions, but having read all of Fowles fiction, I found I could see the concrete illustrations from his novels to demonstrate the generalized ideas discussed in this book.

    8. Lee Holz

      The Aristos is a nonfiction exposition and statement of position on reality, the problems and challenges of humanity and what it means to be human by John Fowles, one of the greatest novelists of the second half of the twentieth century One may agree with or differ from these pronouncements, for that is what they are, but one must acknowledge the author s precision and clarity of presentation, cutting insights and serious philosophical approach It is very much worth the effort of reading.

    9. T.D. Elliott

      a strange, ultimately inspiring work of philosophy from one of the best writers of human character if you don t believe me, read The Magus or The Collector then take a look at this it s reminiscient of Wittgenstein s Tractatus in terms of format you might not always agree with what he says, but it ll hot poker your mind for hours after you put it down.

    10. Jordan Cullen

      A novelist of remarkable invention and intelligence here offers his thoughts on life, art, politics, religion in a collection of aphorisms that are occasionally insightful and innovative, but often the overall sensation is of reading a vanity exercise.

    11. Joseph Sverker

      Fowles has collected some interesting thoughts in the style of Heraclitus in this book One can sometimes feel that he is a child of his time and that the thoughts have not aged very well However, there are many times that he shows a great ability to analyse culture.

    12. C.F.

      Might not be everyone s cup of tea in fact, is most certainly not but I found this book a lovely opportunity to examine the rough edges where my puzzle pieces of philosophies were in contradiction with Fowles Always lucid, often disagreeable both pleasing and stimulating One to browse.

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