Walker Percy Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Walker Percy Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Walker Percy acknowledged thatSøren Kierkegaard’s writings provided him with “a theoretical frame of reference,” and one of the most important ideas that he adapted from this frame is Kierkegaard’s rejection of Hegelian rationalism in favor of a subjective and intensely passionate commitment on the part of the individual. In Percy’s view, modern science in general and the social sciences in particular have mistakenly and indiscriminately adopted the behaviorist, or biological, method and have consequently defined the human being reductively and abstractly.

Existentialism, including the existential novel, on the other hand, presents an alternative to behaviorism: a concrete phenomenological approach whose aim...

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