The decay of Descartes: a postmodern search for an alternate reality
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In the postmodern dialogue there is a strong trend toward the reclamation of older conceptions of reality (as in Monica Sjoo's and Barbara Mor's The Great Cosmic Mother, Carlos Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan and Marcel Griaule's Conversations with Ogatemelli) in an attempt to shift both personal and social consciousness from the perspective of scientific materialism--which is characterized largely by the tenet that the universe is a chance occurrence in a series of purely mechanical reactions--toward a consciousness which recognizes both motive and spirit in matter. This thesis project is an attempt to illustrate this postmodern position by briefly surveying the philosophical and psychological origins of this position and by presenting a collection of poems which embody the basic premises of this position, namely, 1)that matter is ensouled, and 2) that it is ensouled by a variety of archetypes.
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Includes bibliographical references: p. 21-23.
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Robledo, David (1996). The decay of Descartes: a postmodern search for an alternate reality. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from