Centripetence

Cen`trip´e`tence


n.1.Centripetency.
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All philosophy, of East and West, has the same centripetence. (293) He uses language from the "Indian Scriptures," including the Vedas and the Bhagavad-Gita to describe this movement, quoting from these texts for the length of an entire page; his intent, in pulling from texts which Plato would certainly have no access to, is to begin to flesh-out the universal nature of this tendency of thought toward unity: "In all nations there are minds which incline to dwell in the conception of the fundamental Unity" (293).
All philosophy, of East and West, has the same centripetence. Urged by an opposite necessity, the mind returns from the one to that which is not one, but other or many; from cause to effect; and affirms the necessary existence of variety, the self-existence of both, as each is involved in the other.
Mocking the expectation of centripetence, the group commits to a scheme that is, as Simon notes, "infantile." The couples will flee the home and will presumably fritter away what little money they are able to collect on their way out the door.
An initial way to characterize Boatright and Faust's misrepresentation of Emerson is to say they overemphasize the "centrifugence" in Emerson's writing and neglect the "centripetence": that is, they emphasize how Emerson describes forces driving us away from the center but ignore how he also describes forces pulling us back.