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Arkansas123 October 16th, 2013 8:53pm

Born on this day in 1854, Oscar Wilde once wrote, "Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul."

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Arkansas123 Neoconservative
10/16/13 2:06 pm

This quote is from The Picture of Dorian Gray. It is said by Lord Henry, who advocates a "new Hedonism." One of the purposes of this philosophical novel is to refute hedonism.

Oscar Wilde does not hold the position advocated in this quote.

Arkansas123 Neoconservative
10/16/13 2:13 pm

That is the most straightforward interpretation, assuming that Oscar Wilde means what he says and assuming that he is not trying to convey some hidden message to the reader.

Torfin Never Behind
10/16/13 2:57 pm

You are practicing double-double-speak Arkansas

Arkansas123 Neoconservative
10/16/13 3:10 pm

Lol. Wilde seems to be the one doublespeaking.

He makes "new hedonism," as summarized in this quote, sound good before tearing it down.

The question is whether or not he *really* thinks hedonism is bad. If so, why does he make is sound so good?