T. E. Hulme

Anthony Quinton

in Of Men and Manners

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694556
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731938 | DOI:
T. E. Hulme

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This chapter focuses on the philosophy of T. E. Hulme. Hulme seeks to base all his views on a broadly philosophical foundation, a Weltanschauung or view of the world, which he calls the religious attitude and whose opponent is humanism. Humanism is a theory of human nature which maintains that human beings are naturally good, that they are both perfectible and, by and large, on the way to becoming perfect. The religious attitude assumes human limitation and the general fixity of human nature — an assumption whose symbol is the doctrine of original sin. Hulme's most direct influence was on art and poetry. He was the first theorist of abstract art in this country, fruitfully enthusiastic about Epstein at the crucial early stage of the latter's career, supplying a measure of stiffening for Wyndham Lewis, whose frequently unconvincing bluster showed a need for support. His political views are the least concrete and developed part of his corpus of convictions.

Keywords: philosophers; philosophy; humanism; religious attitude; human nature; original sin

Chapter.  3612 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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