Iris Exiled: A Synoptic History of Wonder (Paperback)
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Iris Exiled: A Synoptic History of Wonder (Paperback)

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Paperback 364 Pages / Published: 04/02/2002
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Iris Exiled is a critical history of wonder from the Bible and Homer to modern times. Dennis Quinn examines the subject in relation to various disciplines and modes of discourse- philosophy, theology, poetry, art myth, history, rhetoric, psychology, education, and modern science. Quinn shows that wonder, originally seen as the principle of philosophy and poetry and as a passion essential to the highest order of education, has been weakened by certain intellectual, cultural, and religious shifts during the past 600 years. The history is synoptic in two senses of the word: it is comprehensive but selective, and illustrative not exhaustive. Iris Exiled is presented from a single theoretical perspective, that of the original understanding of wonder as developed and set forth by such authors as Plato, Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, John Ruskin, and Joseph Pieper, as well as a host of other writers of all kinds and from all eras of western history.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761821793
Number of pages: 364
Weight: 463 g
Dimensions: 216 x 136 x 27 mm


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For readers interested in what a widely read and intelligent intellectual reactionary, not a pundit or a 'culture warrior,' thinks of the history of Western culture and how it relates to our current predicaments, 'Iris Exiled' is a good way to find out. -- William E. Burns, Washington, D.C. * Sixteenth Century Journal *
Quinn nimbly traverses the historical developments about wonder, persuasively argues his philosophical position, and trenchantly analyzes and interprets as a literary critic. In the end, he has written a fascinating study. I encourage one to read his book: It is the next best thing to matriculating at Kansas University and learning from the master teacher directly. -- Curtis L. Hancock, Rockhurst University * Review of Metaphysics *
Quinn nimbly traverses the historical developments about wonder, persuasively argues his philosophical position, and trenchantly analyzes and interprets as a literary critic. In the end, he has written a fascinating study. I encourage one to read his book: It is the next best thing to matriculating at Kansas University and learning from the master teacher directly. -- Curtis L. Hancock, Rockhurst University * Review of Metaphysics *
For readers interested in what a widely read and intelligent intellectual reactionary, not a pundit or a 'culture warrior,' thinks of the history of Western culture and how it relates to our current predicaments, 'Iris Exiled' is a good way to find out. -- William E. Burns, Washington, D.C. * Sixteenth Century Journal *

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