December 6, 2014

Owen Barfield - Man and Meaning

Video Title: Owen Barfield - Man and Meaning. Source: ObjectiveBob. Date Published: July 12, 2013. Description:
A documentary on Owen Barfield (1898-1997). Owen Barfield was a Christian philosopher educated at Oxford, where he met his good friend C.S. Lewis in 1919. Barfield was instrumental in converting C.S. Lewis to theism during the early period of their friendship.

A member of the Inklings, Barfield's thinking informed the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, among others. His abiding interest was in the history of language, through which he investigated the evolution of consciousness.
Saul Bellow, the Nobel Prize–winning novelist, wrote: We are well supplied with interesting writers, but Owen Barfield is not content to be merely interesting. His ambition is to set us free. Free from what? From the prison we have made for ourselves by our ways of knowing, our limited and false habits of thought, our 'common sense'.

The culture critic and psychologist James Hillman called Barfield "one of the most neglected important thinkers of the 20th Century".

Harold Bloom, describing Poetic Diction, referred to it as "a wonderful book, from which I keep learning a great deal".

The film Owen Barfield: Man and Meaning (1994), co-produced and written by G. B. Tennyson and David Lavery, directed and edited by Ben Levin, is a documentary portrait of Barfield.