Permanence and Change: An Anatomy of Purpose

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universe conformably to this view, provided God sees fit to render his thought effective and to produce the substance." God often does see fit—as witness the endless "substances" of the great century of New Meanings.

No wonder so many nineteenth-century writers were prodigious in output. A shift in the angle of approach must disclose an infinity of ways in which our former classifications can be reclassified. After a lifetime of productivity we find Bentham wishing that he could become a dozen selves, since his perspective showed him that he had work for all. Indeed, he has in time become thousands of selves, as Darwin also has.


V
SECULAR CONVERSIONS

The Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis

IN CLOSING this section, perhaps we should study that region in which interpretation and therapy most clearly converge: those secular bringers of good tidings, the psychoanalysts. From our standpoint, psychoanalysis can be treated as a simple technique of non-religious conversion. It effects its cures by providing a new perspective that dissolves the system of pieties lying at the roots of the patient's sor

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  • Permanence and Change - An Anatomy of Purpose *
  • Contents 7
  • Part I- On Interpretation 11
  • I- Orientation 11
  • II- Motives 30
  • III- Occupational Psychosis 54
  • IV- Style 71
  • V- Magic, Religion, and Science 82
  • Part II- Perspective by Incongruity 95
  • I- The Range of Piety 95
  • II- New Meanings 106
  • III- Perspective as Metaphor 118
  • IV- Argument by Analogy 128
  • V- Secular Conversions 164
  • VI- Meaning and Regression 193
  • Conclusion 207
  • Part III- The Basis of Simplification 214
  • I- Causality and Communication 214
  • II- Permanence and Change 227
  • III- Secular Mysticism in Bentham 237
  • IV- The Ethical Confusion 247
  • V- The Search for Motives 275
  • VI- Occupation and Preoccupation 303
  • VII- The Poetry of Action 316
  • Conclusions 336
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