As my old Eliot prof said, Greek philosophy raised the question of being
and then stood it on its head. Nevertheless, on reading only a few pages of
Kearns, which I picked up at lunch, I get a rather different impression of
his take on Eliot and his attribution of characteristics of Indic religion.
But to cut to the Eliot chase, no, I don't think his metaphysics, in so far
as he had a metaphysics, is dualistic, properly understood. If I may type
freely, the operative principle of his poetic is exactly the opposite of
what you name it. Perhaps in the way that if white is all there is to see,
it looks black in the afterimage. Anyhow, still typing freely, Eliot wrote
poetry strictly in white and many see him in black. With a hound's tooth
for the hare and they miss the tortoise as he wins the race. Eliot's poetry
is exactly not about or under dualism, but the reality of the very oneness
you want to raise up. Problem is, it doesn't look like what we want it to,
so we say it isn't there. But it is.
Sorry, lunch is over, and I'm slow; more later.