Sunday, February 03, 2008

Dominant models

The history not only of thought, but of consciousness, opinion, action too, of morals, politics, aesthetics, is to a large degree a history of dominant models. Whenever you look at any particular civilisation, you will find that its most characteristics writings and other cultural products reflect a particular pattern of life which those who are responsible for these writings - or paint these paintings, or produce these particular pieces of music - are dominated by.

Isaiah Berlin, The Roots of Romanticism, Edited by
Henry Hardy, Princeton Univesity Press, New Jersey, 1999

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