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Language, Thought, and Style: The Articulated Logos in Victorian Literature

Podcast 10th May 2024

Michael D. Hurley Michael D.

Dr Michael Hurley, Professor of Literature and Theology at Trinity College in the University of Cambridge, delivers a lecture to students in Ralston College’s inaugural Master’s in the Humanities program on the intertwining of language and thought in the work of three major Victorian authors: Walter Pater, John Henry Newman, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Hurley argues that, far from being merely ornamental, in these authors style is constitutive of thought and the difficult pursuit of beauty is inextricable from the pursuit of truth.


Authors, Ideas, and Works Mentioned in this Episode

  • Pythagoras
  • Anti-Empiricism
  • St. John the Evangelist 
  • Logos
  • Heraclitus
  • Romanticism
  • David Jones
  • Matthew Arnold, “Dover Beach” 
  • Sophocles
  • Peloponnesian War
  • John Henry Newman
  • William Blake
  • W.B. Yeats
  • Margot Collis
  • G.K. Chesterton
  • William James, “The Present Dilemma in Philosophy” 
  • Pragmatism
  • Walter Pater, Studies in the History of the Renaissance
  • Walter Pater, “Style” 
  • Aestheticism 
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Harold Bloom
  • Melos
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa
  • Prolepsis
  • Hypotaxis
  • Parataxis
  • Cicero
  • Virgil
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins, “God’s Grandeur”; “As Kingfishers Catch Fire”; “Carrion Comfort” 
  • William Shakespeare, Hamlet