Dawson on Philosophy and Culture

It seems to be the fact that a new way of life or a new view of Reality is felt intuitively before it is comprehended intellectually, that a philosophy is the last product of a mature culture, the crown of a long process of social development, not its foundation. It is in Religion and Art that we can best see the vital intention of the living culture.

The Greek statue must first be conceived, then lived, then made, and last of all though. There you have the whole cycle of creative Hellenic culture. First, Religion, then Society, then Art, and finally Philosophy. Not that one of these is the cause and the others effects. They are all different aspects or functions of one life. [Dynamics of World History, 51-52]


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