Superfanicom The Tenets Of Liberal Humanism


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Superfanicom The Tenets Of Liberal Humanism

  1. 1. The Ten Tenets of Liberal Humanism A critical practice in the reading of texts
  2. 2. Quality is timeless. Tenet One Plato combined Truth and Beauty into the highest idea: the Good; to him this is timeless and not contingent. This is a way of thinking “not for an age, but for that may be said to be all time.” mirrored more or less - Ben Johnson on William intentionally by liberal Shakespeare humanist critics.
  3. 3. Tenets Two and As thus, of course the text Three is context-independent. Meaning and quality are inherent, not applied from a meta-language (be it authorial intent or sociocultural conditions, or theories about those). (Authorial) Intention is This focus on the words on irrelevant to the the page is called "close- meaning of the text or (focus)-reading." image.
  4. 4. Human nature is also Tenet Four timeless; Plato’s ideas again apply (see Tenet One). Original creation is less important than tradition. Continuity is more "In every age the deeds important than innovation. of men remain the Express the truth and same” – Legend of the nothing else. Galactic Heroes
  5. 5. And since human nature is Tenet Five timeless, so is our individual essences, the "transcendent subject". Not that we are unchanging; merely that we change the dress in which our essences walk. Spiral Energy by any other name (hot blood, The essence itself may not guts, etc.) rocks as change. hard.
  6. 6. Culture is to transmit Tenet Six humane values and make life better (the Good, blessed be Plato). This transmission is not to be obvious, dogmatic, programmatic - it is to simply be part of the work. Hard work and guts, can compensate for lack of genius talent. Can it?
  7. 7. Form and content are to be Tenet SeveN a whole. Not that they always are; striving for and reaching it is a sign of quality. Style serves the substance and we are compelled to appreciate both in tandem.
  8. 8. The text must use the best Tenet Eight words or images to communicate its ideas. There must no unnecessary or narcissistic artifices that must get in the way of experiencing truth. This is a ‘Central This is what makes the text Dogma’ in Liberal beautiful and good, and Humanist critical they call this “Sincerity”. practice.
  9. 9. Show, don't tell. This in a Tenet Nine more all-encompassing fashion than one normally might think of it; ideas are not to be told, but acted upon, embodied in the narrative. Liberal Humanists will not like your show, Index; where exposition is done almost entirely through dialogue.
  10. 10. Criticism exists as a Tenet Ten middleman between the work and the reader. It is to make the work more comprehensible, its inherent message more clearly apparent. No pre-concieved ideas are Ideas aren’t made by to be had; critics are introspection but rather conduits of meaning, not through experience of creators or systematizers. the text. (p) John Locke