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Classical and Christian Ideas of World Harmony

Prolegomena to an Interpretation of the Word Stimmung

Leo Spitzer

252 pages
Paper (ISBN 978-1-62138-760-2 ): $17.95 / £14.50
Cloth (ISBN 978-1-62138-761-9 ): $28.00 / £22.00
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A renowned philologist, Leo Spitzer’s multitudinous contri­bu­tions to the fields of etymology and stylistics in many of the Romance languages are widely acknowledged. Less well known, but equally engaging, is his extensive work in what he referred to as “historical semantics,” a study exemplified in his treatise, Classical and Christian Ideas of World Harmony. Key to this study is Spitzer’s use of the term Geist, which he prefers over more mundane descriptors such as “intellectual history” or “history of ideas.” For Spitzer, Geist represents a unity of feeling and thought, the atmosphere, the climate of opinion for which he is searching. Thus, Classical and Christian Ideas of World Harmony represents far more than a chance example of Spitzer’s method. The very topic: Stimmung or “world harmony” is almost an emblem of Spitzer’s Geist: his conception of the unity of the European spirit, the old world’s feeling for an ordered, even musically ordered universe. The present volume is not merely a learned treatise in historical semantics, it is a stupendous display of world harmony as a creed, a demonstration that “all is all,” that everything is related to everything: the planets and the lute, the colors heard and sounds seen, rhyme and nature, the echo and the birds’ song.

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Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877–1947) was one of the few author­ities of our time competent to interpret the doctrines and arts of the world’s great religious traditions. The Bugbear of Literacy was first printed in England in 1949. This enlarged edition includes an article later found among the author’s papers, entitled “The Bugbear of Democracy, Freedom, and Equality.” It can be said that this book, together with all the author’s later writings, constitute some of the most remarkable and enlightening works in the English language on art, culture, and metaphysics.

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