The Vision of the Soul
Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition
Story-telling is foundational to the forms of the fine arts, but it is no less foundational to human reason. Human life in turn constitutes a specific kind of form—a story form. The ancient conception of human life as a pilgrimage to beauty itself is one that we can fully embrace only if we see the essential correlation between reason and story and the essential convertibility of truth, goodness and beauty in beauty. By turns a study in fundamental ontology, aesthetics, and political philosophy, Wilson's book invites its readers to a renewal of the West's intellectual tradition.
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"Brilliant, a very important contribution to conservative political and theological discourse, and genuinely original (and persuasive) in its insistence that even the political must be ordered to beauty. Wilson argues at a high metaphysical level, as does his obvious predecessor Hans Urs von Balthasar, but without leaving the world of hearthside and farm and chapel and local school: Von Balthasar meets Wendell Berry. –"—Anthony Esolen, author of Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture and Real Music: The Timeless Hymns of the Church
"James Matthew Wilson is truly alive with the wonder of Creation and with the Logos that gives it meaning. He is truly a master of words, weaving them so that they are carriers of the goodness, truth, and beauty of which he writes. In the words of Hopkins, Wilson's words are 'dovewinged' and 'carrier-witted.' They lift us into the presence of the very essence of reality, its being, so that our minds and hearts might be opened, dilated, to the goodness, truth, and beauty which is the triune splendor of love. –"—Joseph Pearce, author of Beauteous Truth: Faith, Reason, Literature and Culture
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