By Robert D. Denham
Eminent Northrop Frye student Robert D. Denham explores the relationship among Frye and twelve writers who encouraged his pondering yet approximately whom he didn’t write whatever expansive. Denham attracts specifically on Frye’s notebooks and different formerly unpublished texts, now to be had within the "Collected Works of Frye." Such various thinkers as Aristotle, Lewis Carroll, Soren Kierkegaard, and Paul Tillich grow to be very important figures in defining Frye’s cross-disciplinary pursuits. ultimately, the twelve “Others” of the identify come to symbolize an area occupied via writers whose pursuits paralleled Frye’s and helped to set up his personal serious universe.
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Event, area vs. time, stasis vs. stream, the person vs. society, culture vs. innovation, Platonic synthesis vs. Aristotelian research, engagement vs. detachment, freedom vs. situation, mythos vs. dianoia, the area vs. the grain of sand, immanence vs. transcendence, and countless numbers of different oppositions. within the first essay of Anatomy of feedback by myself you can actually become aware of greater than thirty polar different types. the primary of polarity, that means a mutual competition among attributes or principles, will be traced again to Heraclitus. it's constructed within the neo-Platonic considered Nicholas of Cusa within the 15th century and is carried into the 19th century via Hegel’s model of German idealism. Frye had identified of Cusa’s paintings as an Emmanuel collage student,70 and he later learn and annotated Cusa’s imaginative and prescient of God and decisions from Cusa in Herman Shapiro and Arturo B. Fallico’s assortment, Renaissance Philosophy. Frye refers to Wilhelm Windelband’s historical past of Philosophy as a resource for a few of his scholar essays, and it sort of feels most likely that his preliminary wisdom of either Cusa and Bruno derived from Windelband, who discusses their use of the natura naturans–natura naturata contrast, their entice the coincidentia oppositorum precept, and their perspectives at the id of the half and the complete, between different issues. Frye could even have identified of Cusa during the writings of the thinker so much liable for rediscovering Cusa, Ernst Cassirer, who introduced Cusa from his medieval context and demonstrated his paintings because the hallmark of Renaissance philosophy. Frye might have encountered Cusa in Cassirer’s the person and the Cosmos in Renaissance Philosophy, a duplicate of which he owned, and in Paul Tillich’s Systematic Theology. For Tillich, Cusa “represents the metaphysical foundations of the trendy brain” (History of Christian idea 373). What Bruno took from Cusa used to be the elemental concept that the 2 poles of any dialectic are united via a coincidentia oppositorum (coincidence of opposites). Cusa units forth his concept of coincidentia oppositorum in On realized lack of understanding (1437–40). His arguments are slightly mystical and abstruse,71 yet his cause is to hunt a synthesis or harmony among the oppositions he treats in On realized lack of awareness: greatest and minimal, being and nonbeing, reason and impact, common and specific, movement and leisure, human and divine, finite and countless, divisible and indivisible, centre and circumference, starting and finish, decrease and better, temporal and atemporal, and humiliation and exaltation. Cusa sees the total universe as tied to an identification of contraries. Bruno’s view of the coincidentia oppositorum was once considerably prompted by way of Cusa, even though Bruno’s at the endless Universe and Worlds has much less of a magical accessory: There are then an infinity of cellular our bodies and intent forces, and all of those lessen to a unmarried passive precept and a unmarried lively precept, simply as each quantity reduceth to team spirit, and as limitless quantity doth coincide with solidarity; and simply because the ultimate Agent and ultimate lively energy doth coincide in one precept with the excellent potentiality, sufferer of all construction, as hath been shewn on the finish of our publication On reason, foundation and the single.