Notes on the Originality of Thought: The Concept of Internal Necessity: Poetic Thought and Constructive Thought - Leone VivanteLondon: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1927, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little loss to the spine ends and beginning to split at the folds. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Previous owners' name to the first blank, blanks and endpapers tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “The subject of this book is the concept of internal necessity, or of subjective truth, which is fundamental in literary and artistic criticism.
The author brings into evidence the profoundly logical character of poetic thought, that is, the intimate value of truth which attaches to thought in its spontaneity. He works out in detail his conception, according to which the self-revelation of a fundamental identity of mental activity — in and through its process of realisation — is an original and direct cause of the development of thought in art and science.
The author’s conceptions are not so much conclusions sought for and established inferentially as they are attempted statements, in each case, of an actual experience of thought. The fact is that in theory generally, and especially in the theory of mind, a spontaneity is required of the same nature as that of artistic thought; mental activity, in its reality and value, which cannot be called forth at will, must realise itself directly. This position, bearing on method, may be regarded as one of the characteristic points of view of this work as well as one of its main contributions to philosophy.”