Seized by the daimonic
, artists nevertheless must interpret its promptings.
Alongside the tyrannic hypothesis of the Republic and the divine hypothesis of the Phaedrus there is, I have suggested, a third daimonic hypothesis, which I have associated with the Symposium.
How we are to understand the scope and limits of the daimonic hypothesis, and what sense we can give to the claim that philosophic discourse is a necessary propaideutic to this wondrous vision which seems to stand so entirely outside that discourse--these are, to say the least, more difficult questions, ones I will not attempt to address here.
Rollo May, an existentialist psychologist, was one of the first to focus on the daimonic side of our nature, which he described as "both creativity on one side, and anger and rage on the other side, as coming from the same source.
We humans have a primal, innate fear of the daimonic, and feel great anxiety about our daimonic impulsions or tendencies, which is why we avoid them.
Solness, as Bernard Shaw pointed out in reviewing The Master Builder, is "daimonic
, not sham daimonic
like Molvik in The Wild Duck, but really daimonic
, with luck, a star, and mystic 'helpers and servers' who find the way through the maze of life for him.
He also explains the contagious nature of shock interpersonally in this way: "In an earlier time, these early trauma patients would have been described as 'haunted' by ghosts or 'possessed' by daimonic
spirits, and so our work with them exposes us to auto-hypnotic states which tend to be contagious.
is a clinical and forensic psychologist and author of Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic
Yet Arendt's transformation of the Heideggerian background of this question--for Kristeva, particularly its transformation in the political sphere that Arendt opens up with this notion of daimonic
action--is decisive, bold and new.
Aske notes that "in no other poem of Keats does tile classical geography seem so solid and palpable," though his reading of Lamia as a triumphant dematerialization of antiquity and its daimonic
fascinations leads him to characterize this as only "the illusion of presence, an identifiable scene in which the text might situate and fix its fictions.
Although I mention the daimonic
figuratively here, in Gypsy flamenco, there, in fact, exists a "ghost" or "spirit"--the duende--which is the inner force that, when "possessing" the singer or dancer, is credited with creating the Gypsy's most impassioned and profound artistic statements.
Merrily believes the daimonic
concept explains why police and trappers have never caught or killed a giant cat and dismisses suggestions the cats are ghosts, like the mythological Black Dog.
In this investigation I will discuss how Socrates' daimonic
voice has a surprisingly central role in Hegel's account of his philosophic revolution.
13) [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] "'How is it that the daimonic
descends and clear-seeing emerges?
Examples include the emphasis on such ideas as the daimonic
[shen], the understanding of the effects of realized ritual or filial piety, the role of cosmogonies in the understanding of human action; and even the significance of Confucius's or Mencius's own sense of their missions as arising from Heaven's "will.