Philosophical Detective Caps.

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Submitted by Victor Pross on Sat, 2006-06-10 21:51

Philosophical Detective Caps.

Question: here is an excerpt from my novel The Hungry Artist. The character is Ivan Wine, a postmodernist scholar and “artist.” There is no need to set-up the scene or to describe the person he is speaking to---as the excerpt is enough to glean what type of person Ivan Wine is. What is the implicit--underpinning philosophy (besides what is obvious) that can be detected here? You’re feed-back is most appreciated.

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Ivan Wine, speaking to Miss Cappelli:

“You must understand, my dear girl, that your father, Leo, is an empiricist. I’m an ideologist. Your father tells us repeatedly that money is power. He sees himself as the Overman, who wishes to attain the virtues of the Lion: ‘hungry, violent, godless, fearless and fear-inspiring.’ How does he prepare to accomplish this? By becoming wealthy! By being a fat-cat of capitalism. He is, in essence, the modern Hobbes of materialism.
It is to laugh: Ideology is dead, he says, and yet he wishes to become an idol. The individual has significance to Leo only as part of an ascending line to this Overman status, or a descending line away from it: a stupid consumer. Your father is unable to see the bigger picture. Did not men rule other men for eons before the industrial revolution, before the rise of capitalism? Did these men rule other men by offering them a paycheck? Did he rule them by offering them products for sale? No, he ruled them by offering them something that had nothing to do with materialism or empiricism. He offered them an ideology. He offered them something that stripped away all preludes to this earth. He offered them a heaven in some other non-material realm—-and, more importantly, a hell for his perceived enemies in a fiery non-material realm. Yes, it’s time to update that ideology so as to temper it to the modern mind. I can do that. I’ll put a new package on an old product. There is such a yearning metaphysical need in people to understand the world and their place in it. They will give their lives…and the lives of others—-in fact, all of their worldly goods…to find it. Whoever speaks loudest and longest in his proclamations of being able to satisfy this need in people are the true masters. Ideology--that’s how you rule over people. It’s not the so-called indivisible hand of capitalism. It’s the invisible chain of a creed.”

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[please note, Ivan Wine is a rotten bastard--that much I can tell you].


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Oh, hell yes---some do.

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Oh, hell yes---some do. Others, on the other hand, see him as a god on earth--willing to drink from his ladel of Kool-aid. They pay the price.

Victor: Objectivist--writer--artist--nice guy

Ok, do people notice this

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Ok, do people notice this about him?

---Landon

Inking is sexy.

http://www.angelfire.com/comics/wickedlakes

If you mean by

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If you mean by surreptitiousness, craftiness and trickery---then yes. He is any two-bit Amway or cult leader type.

Victor: Objectivist--writer--artist--nice guy

?

Landon Erp's picture

Is this guy comfortable with the thought of sneaking in the backdoor of people's souls to take over?

---Landon

Inking is sexy.

http://www.angelfire.com/comics/wickedlakes

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