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English 1022E Lecture Notes - Aldous Huxley, Perennial Philosophy, True North

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English 1022E
David Bentley

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English Lecture October 5, 2010
English Lecture “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
On Board:
“Negation of the Present”
-BNW has a lot of Nazi Parallels (‘bad’ things are weeded out just like the Jews were
killed. No homosexuals in BNW; they’re weeded out)
-The purpose of the people in BNW is doing everything for society
-Helmholtz really wants to be a poet which makes him the mystic/unique one
-Difference between genuine creativity vs. creativity aloud in BNW
4 Types of Individuals in Rebellion Against Society
1. Neurotics: Bernard; people who are in an internal conflict between what they know
they shouldn’t be doing but society approves of it
2. Artist: Perpetually trying to create something
3. Genius: Mustapha Mond
4. Criminal: John Savage
-People are conditioned but there are some people who feel like there’s something
wrong. Lenina has it in her to rebel, but she won’t.
-In this society, women have gained birth control. Lenina is basically seen as a human
blow up doll ‘pneumatic’
-The very thing that mothers/women used to protect their children from (sex, death)
they now openly expose them to.
October 7, 2010
English Lecture on “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
On Board:
Telos, Technology = first and final cause
“negation of the present”
The Perennial Philosophy (1945)
The Doors of Perception (1954)
"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is,
infinite” - William Blake
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