1976 Festschrift, edited by Shirley
Sugerman, in honor Own Barfield's 75th birthday.
Consciousness: Studies in Polarity
In the "Editor's
Note" to Evolution of Consciousness, Sugerman explains the book's
origin and purpose.
the spring of 1972, in anticipation of the seventy-fifth anniversary of
Barfield's birth (in November of 1973), a number of his long-standing friends
and colleagues enthusiastically agreed to celebrate the occasion by
contributing to a volume in his honor. This book is the outcome of that
impulse. Our wish is to honor a man the importance and profundity of whose
thought is yet to be fully appreciated. We would honor him by honoring the
originality of his thought, original in the sense that it goes deeply into
that center from which human thought springs, into origins. By addressing
themselves from diverse
points of view to the theme central to his life and thought the contributors
to this volume want to acknowledge Barfield’s intellectual contribution to
our time, a contribution which has so far permeated primarily academic
circles. Although these essays are testimony to his intellectual influence
on his peers, they are not more than an indication of that impact, for
unfortunately a collection of papers broad enough fully to reveal that was not
feasible. Owen Barfield’s thought ranges over many disciplines, reflecting
his belief in the unity of knowledge—its "all in every part"
character. A suggestion of that range is, in turn, reflected back to us in the
pages that follow, through papers from diverse disciplines—scientific,
literary, philosophies, religious.
is no "early" or "late" Barfield (to accord with current
fashion), he tells us emphatically in the interview with him that follows,
“just the same Barfield all along." It is to that same Barfield that
this volume is offered, as an expression of gratitude from those who have been