Jewel Brooker discusses this in her article in Cassandra's and my book on T. S. Eliot and Desire, Gender, and Sexuality (2004), and her notes, especially note # 3, list sources. As it is much more recent, it would be valuable to check it out also. The long list of sources in Gordon's T. S. Eliot: an Imperfect Life (1999)would no doubt yield a great deal.

>>> Chokh Raj 10/07/13 1:08 PM >>>

TS Eliot: a philosophical anthropologist

T. S. Eliot, Anthropologist and Primitive
William Harmon

American Anthropologist
New Series, Vol. 78, No. 4 (Dec., 1976), pp. 797-811
Published by: Wiley
Article Stable URL:

This might be of some help.


From: Ken Armstrong 
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Sent: Monday, October 7, 2013 10:47 AM
Subject: Re: simple questions

Sorry, my floundering memory won't pull up the name of the essay; maybe 
one of the two on humanism? As I dimly recollect, Eliot's comment on 
positivism was to the effect that it was worth exploring positivism to 
learn that it was a dead end. Since my own thought is that positivism 
gets off to a false start and therefore can only end wrong, I'm inclined 
to accept the dead end pronouncement. I'm not sure having a reading 
list from the anthropology course would reveal Eliot's take on it, but I 
wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't exist somewhere. I think the 
dissertation would dissuade you on the liklihood of his taking a 
Jungian/Freudian angle on anthropology; //I'd guess his own inclination 
would have been more toward a philosophical anthropology.//

Ken A

On 10/7/2013 10:21 AM, Richard Seddon wrote:
> Ken
> Thanks: so it was primarily epistemological.
> But I am confused by " positivism was a dead end worth exploring"
> Also at the this time Anthropology was in its birth. French Anthropology was and is almost an American Sociology (interpersonal relations) where American Anthropology was much more structural (how were societies built). Of course neither excluded the other. I am thinking that the Anthropology TSE is referring to in the 218 note is primarily a French anthropology and perhaps even more towards the Jungian/Freudian studies of myth.
> Rick Seddon
> Portales,NM
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