Excursions with Edward F. Mooney Pt. I


Excursions with Edward F. Mooney

Part I: Style, Lyricism, and Lost Intimacy

This post is part of an ongoing series. Part II.Part III.

Here is the first part of my interview with Ed Mooney. I first encountered Ed’s work as I studied the philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard. Ed managed to open Kierkegaard’s work up for me in new and exciting ways, and I’ve been gobbling his articles and books ever since. As you will see, Ed’s interests extend well beyond Kierkegaard studies. I have broken the interview into three parts. Without further ado, please enjoy the following interview, where we begin by discussing questions of style, lyricism, and lost intimacy.

Dean Dettloff: You have had a broad and eclectic career, with work ranging from original poetry to studies of American writing to, of course, the life and work of Søren Kierkegaard. In all of your…

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2 comments on “Excursions with Edward F. Mooney Pt. I

  1. dirk says:

    “Great philosophers are great stylists too. Style in philosophy is the movement of concepts. This movement’s only present, of course, in the sentences, but the sole point of the sentences is to give it life, a life of its own. Style is a set of variations in language, a modulation, and a straining of one’s whole language toward something outside of it.”
    -Deleuze, Negotiations

  2. efmooney says:

    Dirk, thanks,
    I wonder if style is not only “the movement of concepts” but also the moving stream that moves those concepts along. If so, then what is “outside” the language, the sentences, as Deleuze says, is the moving stream, something we fee, or sense, perhaps as the music that carries good writing ahead. The music is not another ‘fact’ conveyed’ but the sensible, non-conceptual manner of conveying. In Eckart’s (sp?) terms, it is the inexpressible (but felt) divine — as opposed to the concept-saturated sentences talking about the divine (that is, about what has to be an idol). [See the discussion of Eckhart at the blog Quantum Est in Rebus Inane.]

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