Conversations of the West

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Conversations of the West: Antiquity and the 19th Century David Levene Katharina Piechocki How does Matthew Arnold define his key terms in “Hebraism and Hellenism”? Felicity (Hebraism) : “Delight in God’s commandments” (Hellenism) : “When they think right” How do Arnold’s points relate to works we have read thus far / how do we think of these ideas now? Three questions (groups) Why has a middle ground between Hellenism and Hebraism been so difficult to achieve? Hebraism and Hellenism are basically opposites Self preservation plays a huge role in Hebraism and why it is so different from Hellenism It is black or white… Suppression vs. celebration of life Arnold: people want “order and authority” Could the differences between Hellenism and Hebraism be seen as a pessimistic or
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Unformatted text preview: optimistic view of morals of mankind? • Arnold is bent more towards Hellenism, sort of pessimistic about Hebraism • Hebraism “unhappy chained captor” If Hebraism and Hellenism are not the law of human development, what is? • Norm of society • Perfection • Trial and error Arnold’s use of Hellenism and Hebraism is rather simplistic… difficult to talk about. Even in Hellenism, there are very different ways to ‘see things as they are’ Arnold’s idea of pursuit of perfection • Wagner had similar idea; perfection is achieved in Death Arnold: Hellenism and Hebraism both about the pursuit of happiness....
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