The Genius of Style

The Genius of Style

The Genius of Style

The Genius of Style

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One of the perennial subjects of philosophical discussion, being important, indeterminate, inexhaustible and, above all, intrinsically interesting, style is at the present time as lively a theme as it ever was. The wealth of existing treatment of it, instead of discouraging further consideration, invites and warrants it, by no means possessing in the mass or reaching in the reduction the finality affected in occasional dogmatic detail. At the present time such consideration seems particularly pertinent because the general subject has developed a new phase. Novelty to-day resides in phase rather than in fact and this in itself involves reopening cases already amply adjudicated, since the facts are forgotten and precedents consequently precluded. Everything but axioms calls for re-argument, and even axioms must walk delicately under penalty of being stigmatized as conventions. The phase here in question is the curious coincidence of a rather pointed . . .

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