Tag Archives: Philip Rieff

The deritualization of social life …

“The deritualization of social life invites struggles for power. Far from being an enlightening process, the destruction of ritual in Western culture is a major symptom of its demonic character, opening up the possibility of some persons feeding themselves on … Continue reading

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Message in a bottle….

Ten years ago Gil Bailie spent time reading University of Pennsylvania scholar Philip Rieff’s works with the following results… To Whom It May Concern: [To European culture today — while it can still be spoken of in the singular — … Continue reading

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Self Confidence

“Self-confidence is inseparable from submission to the creedal order, and through that order, to the supreme authority expressed in that order. … Deep individualism cannot exist except in relation to the highest authority. No inner discipline can operate without a … Continue reading

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