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Dodds & Stuff.

I'm a little behind with Livejournal due to the fact that we don't have Internet access at home. To sum-up recent history: I got into contact with Gam-gam yesterday, J.S. has received admittance and a scholarship to Exeter College in England (^_^!), I haven't spoken with F.S. in a few weeks (he did have a paper to complete, but I'm beginning to suspect that he doesn't recall my phone #), M.G. is going off to Vancouver for the season (she also had a nasty bout with a kidney stone a few days ago -- the day of her b-day party no less), and I'm seeing what it would take for the Dove and I to spend a week-end in NY, NY. Oh, my younger sister is now a few months pregnant as well, which I probably never actually wrote in this here blog. Come to think of it, I might not have mentioned that she married C.V. last-year, which might be important point to make too!

I've no Summer job yet, but still have plenty of savings and a tax-refund "in the mail". After two years of wrangling with the federal gov't bureaucracy, I finally have my passport, and now need to work a bit on getting my driver's license; I'm aiming to actually take the driving test sometime in July.

In the meantime, I'm currently reading through Dodd's The Greeks and the Irrational and have made it through readings of Walbanks' The Hellenistic Age and Waterfield's Xenophon's Retreat -- I've quite a bit of reading to do in order to form a complete picture of the historical and religious forces which were in play at the time. Dodd's commentary is quite interesting, but I think that it's marred a bit by some serious theoretical paradoxes: he relied quite a bit on modern psychoanalytics (particularly Freud) for the sake of parsing the thought processes of the Hellenic and Archaic Greeks. He isn't apparently aware that he's reading Hellenic thought through a psychoanalyst (Freud) who is himself drawing from both Hellenics and Nietzsche. While he attempts to present Greek religious feeling objectively, the bases for his interpretation can only be -- at the best of times -- extensions of Hellenic thought, or -- at worst -- completely subjective...


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Jun. 5th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
I know, I'm adding to a backlog of impressive size already, but I'd suggest "Freud: the Mind of the Moralist" by Philip Rieff as one of the better antidotes to a Freud-infested reading of things. He does an excellent job of reviewing, and evaluating, the merits and problems with Freud's approach in a way that allows you to have a critical background when encountering it elsewhere, and set you up as a brilliant seminar participant in the process (not, of course, that you needed any help there).
Jun. 8th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
At some point I'm going to sit down and read through a few of Freud's works, if only to get a fuller, first-hand impression of the reasons for Voegelin's poor opinion of him. I remember running across a few humourous, off-hand comments in E.V's writings that pigeon-holed psychoanalysts into a slot right next to warlocks and alchemists, but he didn't seem to think them worth any further comments. ^_^

Thanks for the reading suggestion; I'll add it to the pile!
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Peter Gay has the best "one volume" summary out there: he's a lay analyst with a nice writing style, and presents Freud in the best light.
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