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In aid of that, I have endeavored to write its pages smoothly, eclectically, analytically, synthetically, even punctually, and of course with some original- ity. This is a book; it is sequential; criticisms will hopefully find their answers somewhere in what follows; and ultimately the book needs to be viewed as a whole.
Hence the necessity of the three background chapters. Another mistake is to focus on the mistakes made by Poe in Eureka. That approach only serves to blind oneself to the bigger picture, which is elaborated in the chapters that follow in the book before you. This is the focus of Chapter 5, and it is the core of this book. For each of the topics just listed, I begin with what modern scientists say, using their own language and explaining their ideas, and then in a similar manner I compare that with what Poe says in Eureka.
This makes for nine striking comparisons, of which there may be more, but certainly these nine will do for our purposes.
In all of this every effort is made to avoid the sin that historians call presentism, which is reading present ideas into the past without sufficient evidence. Chapter 5 should awaken us to the realization that Poe had a faculty of imagination far greater and far more diverse than almost all of his admirers ever imagined, and also that the nature of scientific imagination is a topic that calls for serious examination.
Accordingly, in Chapter 6 we turn to the field where one would naturally expect to find the answers, namely, philosophy of science, the professional field devoted to the examination of the nature of science. We begin with a brief look at the philosophies of science that Poe was acquainted with, specifically those of John Herschel, John Stuart Mill, and indirectly William Whewell.
We then turn to the modern scene, specifically logical positivism, logical empiricism, the falsificationism of Karl Popper, the paradigmism of Thomas Kuhn, the new experimentalism, the disunity of science movement, inference to the best explanation, the epistemic virtues and values approach, evolutionary epistemology, and finally contextualist history of science, since the latter also contributes to the field.
What we shall find is that philosophy of science, considered collectively, has pushed the topic of scientific imagination to outside the circumference of the object of its study, as not belonging to the nature of science at all. This is the exact opposite of what one finds in Eureka, given that Poe emphasized scientific imagination as internally driving science.
When the thought first hit me I was absolutely stunned, especially given that the norm today in philosophy and history of science is to conceive of science as a process, not as a product.
Instead, and far more important, what we shall see is that Poe, the artist, actually had a philosophy of science, even a properly corrective one. In support of this conclusion, we then turn to two giants of science, namely, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, both for their use of imagination in their science and for their expressed views on imagination in science. The conclusion is that just as mutations and their genesis should be viewed as part of the process of natural selection, they are routinely viewed as separate from, or preliminary to, that process, so too should the genesis of theories be viewed as part of the process of science.
All in all, the chapter serves as a companion vindication of Poe, further to the scientific anticipations of Eureka examined in Chapter 5. Since Poe wrote no single essay on the topic, we attempt to glean his theory from his various writings. We then finish with an homage to Poe in the form of a thirteen-paragraph mosaic in the first person, the power of Poe condensed, as if he were speaking to us in the here and now.
Accordingly, for the full effect, it should be read viva voce. There is still much more that needs to be said in this Prologue, however, before we turn to the chapters proper, which is where we bring Poe back to life in accordance with his will.
Discovering Poe At this point I should like to say something about how I, a mere moth of a philosopher, came to conceive and write the present book. In looking back, it seems to me that I was primed for it. My childhood, often a happy one, largely due to friends and pets, was too often overcast with the ominous dark clouds known as the fear of dying, either by my father who was possessed by Fiend Intemperance, in particular that demon known as Alcohol, or by my own possession, the demon known as Asthma, with an Isuprel inhaler feebly raised against it as a cross.
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Many were the nights I lived in terror, fearful I was going to breathe my last. During this time I remember, vividly and palpably to this day, browsing a bookstore in a shopping mall at the age of ten, and seeing on the display desk a singular-looking book, a book with a black bird on its cover. I picked it up, looked at the table of contents, and decided to download it. I also bought some storybooks based on TV shows.
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At home I read Poe and was in, plain and simple. Like many, I would read Poe, let time go by, read Poe again, let time go by, read Poe again—again—again and even once again at varying intervals. Once you love Poe, you always love Poe. This is a wonderful topic for a book, by the way, a collection of remembrances by Poe lovers, which occurred to me while listening to the Keynote Address given by J. Further examples can be found in the delightful book by J.
Ocker Woodstock, VT: Countryman Press, , , , This book is an abso- lute gem for anyone who loves Poe. There is just that lacking which gives dignity to the mature man: a consistent view of life. Even though I initially went to university to get into business school, which was to begin in my third year, in my first year I took a course on ancient Greek and Roman literature because the electives I wanted were filled.
The course included some philosophy readings. Following that course I took as many philosophy electives as I could, and upon getting into business school I shortly thereafter dropped out, lacking the positive appetite for system and regularity, and the ordinary habitudes of my fellow men. I then returned to university as a philosophy major, come what may an attitude one needs as a philosophy major. The rest is history, as the saying goes, with much of Madness, and more of Sin, and Horror the soul of the plot.
In short, I eventually went back to university for a Ph. The love of philosophy renewed, my interests quickly turned to philosophy of biology, specifically the species problem, determining what a biological species is, which became the topic of my dissertation and of my first book.
It carries overtones of spiritual impoverishment, stunting, blunting of sensibilities. What we usually call maturity in a person is a form of resigned reasonableness. A man acquires it by modeling himself on others and bit by bit abandoning the ideas and convictions that were precious to him in his youth. They exhort youth to try to preserve throughout their lives the ideas that inspire them.
The Teaching of Reverence for Life. Richard and Clara Winston, eds. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 43— In Chapter 6 we shall find further support from another Albert. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Darwin and the Nature of Species. My interests then widened to the implications of evolutionary biology for topics usually thought of as outside the circumference of evolution proper, my third book,12 which turned my focus to the implications of evolutionary history, both biological and cultural, for the topic of human rights, my fourth book. The movie The Raven came out in the theaters, starring John Cusack, and I was not disappointed by this wonderful tribute to Poe—misunderstood as such by the film critics, who apparently never read much of anything on or by Poe, and who at any rate almost certainly missed the many clever allusions to his life and writings.
I watched the movie twice in the theater and immediately thereafter dove, once again, into the world of Poe, the world I had loved since age ten. But this time I wanted to see what was out there in terms of the latest scholarship on Poe. Pavlinov, ed.
The Species Problem: Ongoing Issues. Rijeka, HR: InTech, — See also my Matta, ed. Volume 2. Malden, MA: Blackwell. Denver, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
As a philosopher of science I wanted to bring out a nontheological interpretation of Poe on imagination, since modern science itself is essentially nontheological. Why do you stop? You were thinking that Chantilly is too small for the plays in which he acts.
I know no fruit-seller. A fruit-seller, carrying a large basket of apples on his head, almost threw me down. Those thoughts must have gone like this: from the fruit-seller to the cobblestones, from the cobblestones to stereotomy, and from stereotomy to Epicurus, to Orion, and then to Chantilly.
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You spoke a few angry words to yourself, and con- tinued walking. But you kept looking down, down at the cobblestones in the street, so I knew you were still thinking of stones.
Here your face became brighter and I saw your lips move.
I could not doubt that you were saying the word stereotomy, the name for this new way of cutting stones. But you will remember that we read about it in the newspaper only yesterday. I thought that the word stereotomy must make you think of that old Greek writer named Epicurus, who wrote of something he called atoms; he believed that the world and everything in the heavens above are made of these atoms.
I felt sure that you would look up to the sky. You did look up. Now I was certain that 41 E d g a r A l l a n P o e : S t o r y t e l l e r I had been following your thoughts as they had in fact come into your mind. I too looked up, and saw that the group of stars we call Orion is very bright and clear tonight. I knew you would notice this, and think about the name Orion. Only yesterday, in the news- paper, there was an article about the actor Chantilly, an article which was not friendly to Chantilly, not friendly at all.
We noticed that the writer of the article had used some words taken from a book we both had read. These words were about Orion. So I knew you would put together the two ideas of Orion and Chantilly.
I saw you smile, remem- bering that article and the hard words in it. He is small; he is short. And so I spoke, saying that he is indeed a very little fellow, this Chantilly, and he would be more successful if he acted in lighter, less serious plays.
I was more than surprised; I was astonished. Dupin was right, as right as he could be. Those were in fact my thoughts, my unspoken thoughts, as my mind moved from one thought to the next.
But if I was astonished by this, I would soon be more than astonished. One morning this strangely interesting man showed me once again his unusual reasoning power. We heard that an old woman had been killed by unknown persons. Who was this killer, this murderer?
The police had no answer. They had looked everywhere and found nothing that helped them. They did not know what to do next. But not Dupin.There is just that lacking which gives dignity to the mature man: a consistent view of life. His fears had been ever since growing upon him.
I felt that the friendship of such a man would be for me riches without price. But you should have seen me. Dupin was right, as right as he could be. There was no pulsation. Oh God! What we usually call maturity in a person is a form of resigned reasonableness.