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C. S. Lewis and His CircleEssays and Memoirs from the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society$
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Roger White, Judith Wolfe, and Brendan Wolfe

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190214340

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190214340.001.0001

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C. S. Lewis and the Limits of Reason

C. S. Lewis and the Limits of Reason

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(p.24) 3 C. S. Lewis and the Limits of Reason
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C. S. Lewis and His Circle
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Stephen Logan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190214340.003.0003

C. S. Lewis is often presented and praised as a champion of the rational mind. Indeed he was willing to proclaim his own ‘incurable intellectualism’. But as he himself admitted, he suffered in varying degrees from a ‘hostility to the emotions’. Across the range of his writings Lewis is careful to distinguish between different activities of mind, of which ratiocination is only one and not the most important. He seems, the chapter suggests, both afraid of his emotions and anxious to escape, especially through poetry, the tyranny of the intellect that subdues them.

Keywords:   C. S. Lewis, rational, emotions, poetry

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