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Man's Rage for Chaos

Biology, Behavior, and the Arts

Chilton Books


The techniques of poetry, music, painting, and architecture are carefully and lucidly analyzed to demonstrate how precisely those techniques violate the profound demand of the mind for order. Order is man's freedom; but the rage for order creates its own limits on that freedom. Art, the author maintains, enables man to fight that rage, which destroys what it would create. Only the rage for chaos can balance the rage for order.