Based on four of Barfield's lectures at Brandeis University in 1965, this book covers such topics as semantics, history, meaning, inspiration, and imagination. Language's functions of expression and communication are dynamic in influencing each other, and words, ideas, and consciousness change over time.
“ The task of homo sapiens, when he first appeared as a physical form on earth, was not to evolve a faculty of thought somehow out of nothing, but to transform the unfree wisdom, which he experienced through his organism as given meaning, into the free subjectivity that is correlative only to active thought, to the individual activity of thinking. ”
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Table of Contents
The Semantic Approach to History and the Historical Approach to the Study of Meaning
Imagery in Language and Metaphor in Poetry
The Psychology of Inspiration and of Imagination
Subject and Object in the History of Meaning