Subj: intellectual autobiography

Scott Seguin
 
 

Earl,
this is my attempt at the requested intellectual autobiography:

Some writers that I love the most would be Dostoyevsky (Crime and
Punishment especially) and Nietzsche for their psychological depth, and
Sherwood Anderson for the compassionate portrayel of his characters in
Winesburg, Ohio. I also like Emily Dickenson alot but perhaps more
because I empathize with her agoraphobia than because of her actual poetry.
And if you consider Hitchcock a writer, than I love him too.

Subj: intellectual autobiography
Date: 1/27/99 7:18:23 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: lovedick@cats.UCSC.EDU (Scott Gregory Seguin)
To:  Earl Jackson, Jr. 
I think I decided to major in literature because I have always had a 
predisposition to language studies than any kind of science. I have also 
taken courses in linguistics and was once planning to major in that 
also. At the beginning of my education at Santa Cruz I was planning to 
major in philosophy, but was not impressed with it. Much of the 
philosophy classes seemed archaic and detached from real life, or at 
least modern life. I decided that modern philosophy was more alive in 
literature studies than in the study of philosophy itself. But I have 
always been interested in knowing more about ancient philosophy, 
especially Plato, because the only way I know about him is second hand 
commentary such as Nietzsche („Christianity is Platonism for the people.“)
 
Of the texts we’ve read I think I am most interested in Plato’s Cratylus
because it is centrally concerned with the meaning of language. I wish I 
could say more but I honestly can’t remember what the argument was.
 
Of the questions raised in class I’m not sure which one interests me 
most. But what you (Earl) said about Ion peaked my curiosity. I don’t 
know if it was a question however. About how Socrates was delineating a 
specific territory for philosophical understanding separate from any kind 
of understanding on the part of the poet or rhapsodists. And also I was 
interested in how that could be parallel to the position Freud allocated 
to psychosis–the impossibility of their delusions being intelligible to 
themselves even though they are certainly not meaningless. What I want 
to know is what kind of thinking or articulation is here being postulated 
as being the only kind of understanding possible? Because I don’t 
believe that creative writers or that psychotics even are incapabable of 
understanding what they say. I believe rather that they are unpracticed 
at the type of articulation expected of a Freud or a Socrates

 

.To Lauren Silver’s Intellectual Autobiography

Earl Jackson, Jr.

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