Beckett On Proust Essays

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The number of philosophers that figure in Beckett's dramatic works is unmatched in modern literature even though most — especially the Pre-Socratics — figure as objects of satire.Descartes and Schopenhauer however are in a different and more serious category.The influence of Descartes 's philosophical ideas is formative and well established (4), but less well established (5) — though just as formative —are Schopenhauer's philosophical ideas.

In this post, which will require little commentary on my part, I will select passages related to time.

He accepts regretfully the sacred ruler and compass of literary geometry.

One day Odette says: ‘Forcheville (her lover, and, after the death of Swann, her husband) is going to Egypt at Pentecost.’ Swann translates: ‘I am going with Forcheville to Egypt at Pentecost.’ The fluid of future time freezes, and poor Swann, face to face the future reality of Odette and Forcheville in Egypt, suffers more grievously than even at the misery of his present condition.

(4-5) The future event cannot be focussed, its implication cannot be seized, until it is definitely situated and a date assigned to it.

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You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.But what is attainment: The identification of the subject with the object of his desire.The subject has died–and perhaps many times–on the way.But he will refuse to extend his submission to spatial scales, he will refuse to measure the length and weight of man in terms of his body instead of in terms of his years….Proust’s creatures, then, are victims of this predominating condition and circumstance–Time; victims as lower organisms, conscious only of two dimensions and suddenly confronted with the mystery of height, are victims: victims and prisoners. There is no escape from yesterday because yesterday has deformed us, or been deformed by us.is brief, only 72 pages, but is dense with insight.It is loosely organized on the themes of time, memory, love and artistic vision. This boring succession of habits, however, generates a kind of haze of preconceptions and conventions that eventually clouds over reality and hides the essence of objects. It is easy to fall into comfortable and familiar habits, believing that they lend the world a sense of safety and coherence.I Notwithstanding his influence on the early Wittgenstein (2) Schopenhauer is primarily an artist's and writer's philosopher rather than a philosopher's philosopher.His aesthetic theory and general pessimistic outlook gave support and self-justification to several generations of artists and writers.

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