<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Nuttall (Anthony) - Personality and Poetry (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_02/PaperSummary_2668.htm">Personality and Poetry</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/N/Author_Nuttall (Anthony).htm">Nuttall (Anthony)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Peacocke & Gillett - Persons and Personality: A Contemporary Inquiry, 1987, Chapter 10</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_02/PaperSummary_2668.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_02/PaperCitings_2668.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Editors <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P2668_1">Abstract</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P2668_1"></A></u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Mr Anthony Nuttall is concerned with the human psyche, preferring the Platonic term <em>psuche</em>, which includes mind, intelligence, and character, to the term 'soul', with its religious overtones. Like Plato, he believes that there are many real and important things in the world, such as justice and other abstract <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1008.htm">universals</A><SUP>2</SUP>, which are not simply physical facts, and that the psyche is one such fact, albeit with the difference that it may not be timeless, or immortal. None the less, to be human is to participate in the non-material as well as the material, which is why attempts to give an account of the world solely in physical terms - such as those of the behaviourists - are unconvincing, and why Plato's argument regarding the psyche 'continues to nag, to pluck at the sleeve of the mind', as Nuttall puts it. </li><li>A similarly unsatisfactory situation has arisen in recent years in the field of literary criticism. First, there was the New Critic, elevating the poem as the sole determinant of meaning, regardless of the intention of the author. Then came the structuralist, claiming that the meaning of a poem resided in the wider literary context; and, following that, the deconstructionist, questioning the very possibility of meaning. Nuttall says; 'It is as if the analytic intelligence, for considerable stretches of human history, operates as a sort of death-ray, withering all that lies in its path.' </li><li>In both pursuits - that of the psyche and that of the meaning of a poem - the object of inquiry has seemed to recede - indeed, to be dissolved. What seems to have gone wrong in both cases is that there has been an artificial separation of different orders of being and discourse, with a 'subsequent wanton privileging of one order over all the rest', and a concomitant loss of the sense of the whole, whether person or poem. </li></ol> </FONT><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P2668_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P2668_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Taken from <a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_02/Abstract_2658.htm">Peacocke (Arthur) & Gillett (Grant) - Persons and Personality: Introduction</A>". <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T05:59" pubdate>02/08/2018 05:59:07</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>