He had the real character of a painter, entirely tied to this world, sensual, unmetaphysical
. At the same time, he was also the son of a dying epoch, with the stigma of decadence and the unsteadiness of the uprooted Jew.
'ugly, vulgar, and wholly unmetaphysical
sort of fearfulness for
He will have psychology a natural science, uncorrupted by metaphysics." This is followed by a significant "Parenthetical query: Why is it unmetaphysical
science to assume a substantial material brain, and unscientific metaphysics to assume an abiding spiritual self or soul?" (13) His son would be interested in the same question.
However, Baroja ends the novel on a typically ambivalent and far from optimistic note: while Ossorio muses on the secular and unmetaphysical
upbringing he will give his son, our attention is drawn to Ossorio's mother-in-law, sewing a page of the Gospels into a seam of the child's garments (p.
Living as we do in such an unmetaphysical
age, we are in a poor frame of mind to approach the writer [Huxley] who said the following thing, and who took it as a premise for his work through most of a long literary career.