A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, control, and analyticalism

In music virtually anyone can hear the apoplectic plight of a too-controlled and too-technically proficient artisan, an arid and mechanically perfectionist performer who lacks the cultivated and pliant soul to "give himself over" to the pathos and passion of the music's full potential; a literalistically "correct" but "soulless" performance leaves a hell of a lot to be desired, to wit, the entire feeling and meaning and organicist life or stylistic gestalt of the music.  The same thing is true of over-control or left-hemispheric modes in philosophy:  analyticalism and precisianism are grotesquely Apollonian and ultimately self-paralyzing or trivializing, and far more is to be learned from someone capable of "giving himself over" Dionysianly to what Socrates called "the rights of the question."

Kenneth Smith

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