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A Room with a View: Window Images and ‘Open Immanence’ in the Writings of Adolphe Retté and G.K. Chesterton

Brian Sudlow

in Literature and Theology

Volume 26, issue 1, pages 38-52
Published in print March 2012 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online July 2011 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frr026
A Room with a View: Window Images and ‘Open Immanence’ in the Writings of Adolphe Retté and G.K. Chesterton

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Adolphe Retté and G.K. Chesterton often use the image of a window, a paradox given the widespread view that Catholic writers are usually closed minded. This article asks whether Charles Taylor’s philosophy of the individual could explain this paradox more satisfactorily. Chesterton’s windows express a realist epistemology, while Retté’s windows express the illumination of faith. The themacity of the subject in their writings, however, shows that their windows give expression to Taylor’s ‘open immanence’, rather than Taylorian ‘porosity’. Their reactionary character can be interpreted as a kind of Taylorian ‘buffering’ which is necessary for believing writers resisting secularity.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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