Thursday, 14 December 2017

Owen Barfield's Final Participation

Possible book title and summary of intent:

Owen Barfield's Final Participation: What is it? Why do it? How to do it

Owen Barfield spent most of his time and effort in arguing-for his philosophy; but gave much less emphasis to describing and explaining that philosophy. Consequently, there has been a lack of clarity about the nature of Barfield's most vital and relevant concept of Final Participation, and in particular the implications of Final Participation for our lives.

This book assumes the validity of Barfield's philosophy, and takes the 'Wittgensteinian' approach of eschewing argument in favour of clarification. I present a constellation of aphoristic comments on and around the topic of Final Participation so that the reader can understand its meaning and importance. It also makes suggestions of how we can actually do Final Participation for ourselves.