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on 24 April 2011
"The rediscovery of meaning" is a collection of essays by Owen Barfield, the Anthroposophist and philosopher who was a close friend and associate of C.S. Lewis.

Barfield is never an easy read, and I readily admit that I didn't get this one! The essays cover subjects that are simply too abstract and nebulous for my tastes: literary criticism, the meaning of allegory, the relation between imagination and inspiration, the evolution of consciousness... Or perhaps it's better to say that Barfield's way of writing about these subjects somehow doesn't hit home. At least not my one!

Still, it seems uncharitable to give a low rating to a book by Barfield for being mere Barfield. Thus, I'll give it three stars (the OK rating). As for the best introduction to Barfield's philosophy, it's probably "Romantic religion" by R.J. Reilly.
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