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Date of Award

1940

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Department

English

First Advisor

Clair C. Olson

Abstract

"Art," besides being art, "is also philosophy," Aldous Huxley says in Vulgarity in Literature. Throughout the years in which he has been writing, Huxley has never lost sight of this dictum. His philosophy has ever formed an integral part of all that he has produced, and especially has it been basic in his novels.

Because of the importance of philosophy to Huxley, the artist, I have aimed in this study at following the course of his changing philosophy. I have tried to present Huxley in his early years advocating a philosophy of meaninglessness and then, after becoming dissatisfied with such an interpretation of life, evolving a kind of pseudo-humanistic theory which he later discarded in favor of a mystical interpretation of the universe.

In addition to showing the "what" of Huxley's philosophy, I have attempted to search out its "whys" as well. I have held his theories up to the light of the sociological background of his times and to the light of his own personality. That is, I have decided that the philosophy to which he holds and has held is subject ot the dictates of social change and to the dictates of his own nature.

Pages

121

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