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Arthur Krystal

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092165

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092165.001.0001

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The Rule of Temperament

The Rule of Temperament

(p.97) 8 The Rule of Temperament

Arthur Krystal

Yale University Press

This chapter considers the so-called rule of temperament. It discusses the opinion of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and of Joseph Conrad. It also argues that temperament is a receiver, a way of absorbing information, a radar grid that picks up the darting, indistinct shapes of experience, which become emotionally fused in the mind depending on the mind's predisposition.

Keywords:   temperament, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, deep-seated preferences, Joseph Conrad, persuasion, essay

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