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humanism
used in The Magic Mountain

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the doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural
  • We humanists all have a pedagogic streak.
    3.4 - Satana (92% in)
  • My God, I am a humanist, a homo humanus, and understand nothing of such ingenious matters, however sincere my deep respect for demands a clear and keen mind and its practice no less than the whole man—is that not so?
    3.4 - Satana (40% in)
  • Gentlemen, the historical connection between humanism and pedagogy only proves the psychological basis of that connection.
    3.4 - Satana (92% in)
  • One should not deny the humanist his position as an educator—indeed it cannot be denied to him, for he alone preserves the tradition of man's dignity and beauty.
    3.4 - Satana (92% in)
  • It was in Greece that Settembrini's father had first seen the light of the world—which probably explained why he was such a great humanist and lover of classical antiquity—born, by the way, of a mother with German blood, a girl whom Giuseppe had married in Switzerland and taken along with him throughout the course of his adventures.
    4.9 - Growing Anxiety / Two Grandfathers and a Twilight Boat Ride (63% in)
  • Three generations had dedicated their lives and intellects to them—grandfather, father, and son, each in his own fashion, the father no less than Grandfather Giuseppe, though unlike him, he had not been a political agitator and freedom-fighter, but a quiet and gentle scholar, a humanist at his desk.
    4.9 - Growing Anxiety / Two Grandfathers and a Twilight Boat Ride (86% in)
  • But what was humanism?
    4.9 - Growing Anxiety / Two Grandfathers and a Twilight Boat Ride (86% in)
  • Humanism had been accused of exaggerating the importance of form; but it cultivated beautiful form purely for the sake of the dignity of man—in brilliant antithesis to the Middle Ages, which had sunk not only into misanthropy and superstition, but also into ignominious formlessness.
    4.9 - Growing Anxiety / Two Grandfathers and a Twilight Boat Ride (87% in)
  • He had been the first humanist and was identical with Satana, whom Carducci had apostrophized in his hymn.
    4.9 - Growing Anxiety / Two Grandfathers and a Twilight Boat Ride (88% in)
  • For literature was nothing other than the union of humanism and politics, which could come about all the more easily since humanism was already politics and politics already humanism.
    4.9 - Growing Anxiety / Two Grandfathers and a Twilight Boat Ride (90% in)
  • For literature was nothing other than the union of humanism and politics, which could come about all the more easily since humanism was already politics and politics already humanism.
    4.9 - Growing Anxiety / Two Grandfathers and a Twilight Boat Ride (91% in)
  • For literature was nothing other than the union of humanism and politics, which could come about all the more easily since humanism was already politics and politics already humanism.
    4.9 - Growing Anxiety / Two Grandfathers and a Twilight Boat Ride (91% in)
  • Not just humanism, but humanity itself, man's dignity and self-respect—they were inseparable from the Word, from literature.
    4.9 - Growing Anxiety / Two Grandfathers and a Twilight Boat Ride (92% in)
  • Here he sits with his literature, made up of equal parts of humanism and politics, but he can't do much by way of improving the more mundane issues in life.
    5.1 - Eternal Soup and Sudden Clarity (50% in)
  • A humanist pedagogue, admittedly.
    5.1 - Eternal Soup and Sudden Clarity (91% in)
  • It had also been floating there very clearly the evening Settembrini had suddenly entered and set the room ablaze with light—which was why he had blushed at the sight of the humanist.
    5.2 - My God, I See It! (15% in)
  • He also recalled the dismissive gesture with which the humanist had spoken of the "Parthians and Scythians" with whom he had to share his rest cure, a gesture of natural, immediate disdain and disapproval that needed no explanation and that Hans Castorp had understood quite well at one time—back when he, a man who sat up very straight at the dinner table, had detested slamming doors from the bottom of his heart, had never felt tempted to chew his fingernails (if for no other reason...
    5.4 - Mercury's Moods (24% in)
  • It was true—these people's manners might very well arouse lively distaste in a humanist.
    5.4 - Mercury's Moods (28% in)
  • ALTHOUGH SOME of Herr Settembrini's innuendoes had annoyed Hans Castorp, there was no reason he should have been amazed by them—nor did he have any right to accuse the humanist of pedagogic spying.
    5.5 - Encyclopedia (0% in)
  • It was his delicate, humanist smile, the one with which he had first greeted the newcomer on the bench beside the water trough—and just as on that day, Hans Castorp now felt ashamed of himself.
    5.5 - Encyclopedia (29% in)
  • Hans Castorp had indeed done that on several previous occasions, if only to preserve some kind of social equality—but the humanist had never before spoken with such pedagogic urgency.
    5.5 - Encyclopedia (50% in)
  • While he whispered his warnings, the humanist shook his head urgently back and forth.
    5.5 - Encyclopedia (74% in)
  • ") And now he completed his objection by asking, "But you are a humanist, are you not?
    5.5 - Encyclopedia (85% in)
  • Humanist—certainly I am that.
    5.5 - Encyclopedia (87% in)
  • But you are a humanist!
    5.5 - Encyclopedia (89% in)
  • There you see the kind of humanism that absolutely does not become ensnared in contradictions, that is in no way guilty of a retreat into Christian toadying, even though it resolves to see in the body the evil force, the antagonist.
    5.5 - Encyclopedia (96% in)
  • Certainly the humanist element is revealed most clearly in a Greek Venus or some athlete.
    5.6 - Humaniora (60% in)
  • When you stop and consider, it is, after all, the true, genuine humanist form of art.
    5.6 - Humaniora (60% in)
  • Now listen here—there's nothing the least bit humanist about a comment like that.
    5.6 - Humaniora (96% in)
  • ...study; it showed him both the surface and the deeper structure of muscles, tendons, and ligaments, those of the thigh, the foot, and especially the arm, the upper and lower arm; it taught him the Latin names that medicine—that adumbration of the humanist spirit—had nobly and chivalrously supplied to distinguish them; and it allowed him to penetrate to the skeleton, an illustration of which offered him new perspectives, revealing the unity of all things human, the interconnection of all...
    5.7 - Research (67% in)
  • And these three relationships, he believed, were a unity within the human mind, were schools of humanist thought, variations of one and the same pressing concern.
    5.7 - Research (71% in)
  • Settembrini would not be pleased with it, it's nothing for humanists and republicans and pedagogues of that ilk.
    5.8 - Danse Macabre (21% in)
  • And of course, that's one of the connections you've taught me about—between humanism and pedagogy.
    5.9 - Walpurgis Night (35% in)
  • Oh, but I am speaking German, even if I am speaking French, Painting is the kind of study that is both artistic and medical—in a word: it is, you see, a humanist pursuit.
    5.9 - Walpurgis Night (65% in)
  • A bourgeois, a humanist, and a poet—behold, Germany all rolled into one, just as it should be!
    5.9 - Walpurgis Night (69% in)
  • "Within the humanist branch of letters called medicine, there is something," Hans Castorp said, "that they call tubercular congestion in the lymphatic vessels."
    5.9 - Walpurgis Night (77% in)
  • Hans Castorp could just as easily have directed his questions about transcendental riddles to Herr Settembrini, if only as a way of challenging him and quibbling, but certainly not in the expectation of receiving an answer from a humanist whose sole concern was this earthly life.
    6.1 - Changes (42% in)
  • They walked four abreast in a ragged row, as much as possible, but when they passed people coming from the opposite direction, Settembrini, on the right flank, was forced to step out into the road; or the line would be broken up when someone else temporarily dropped back and yielded the right-of-way—Naphta, for instance, on the left, or Hans Castorp, who had been walking between the humanist and Joachim.
    6.2 - Someone Else (32% in)
  • Our Master of the Lodge"—he pointed at Settembrini—"may wish to claim that all pedagogic proclivities, even the very calling itself, belong to bourgeois humanism—but one must take issue with him there.
    6.2 - Someone Else (90% in)
  • The humanist had been displeased by their first meeting, had obviously tried to thwart it and pedagogically prevent the young people—himself in particular, the cunning problem child noted—from making Naphta's acquaintance, even though he personally associated and argued with him.
    6.3 - The City of God and Evil Deliverance (16% in)
  • The topic of conversation continued to be the pieta, for Hans Castorp kept both one eye and his remarks fixed on it as he turned now to Herr Settembrini, trying to bring him into critical contact, as it were, with the work of art, even though the humanist's aversion to this bit of decor could very easily be read from the expression on his face when he twisted around to look at it—he had taken a seat with his back to that particular corner.
    6.3 - The City of God and Evil Deliverance (32% in)
  • Hans Castorp, however, still standing at the lectern of Settembrini the elder, was pondering how the son now worked here to combine the politics of his grandfather and the humanism of his father into literature.
    6.3 - The City of God and Evil Deliverance (78% in)
  • Hans Castorp and Joachim Ziemssen expressed their warmest thanks for what he had told them, took their leave, and climbed the stairs to the main entrance of the Berghof; and Herr Settembrini returned to his humanist's lectern, one floor above Naphta's silken cell.
    6.3 - The City of God and Evil Deliverance (99% in)
  • Joachim was not very talkative by nature—definitely not as talkative as Hans Castorp had become up here, not to mention certain humanists and humbugs of their acquaintance—but the silence he had adopted of late was peculiar and impressive.
    6.4 - An Outburst of Temper / Something Very Embarrassing (8% in)
  • Yes, Hans Castorp was now sitting in the same spot the humanist had deserted; like his old place, it was at one end of the table, opposite the "doctor's chair," which was reserved at each of the seven tables for the director and his aide-de-camp.
    6.5 - An Attack Repulsed (3% in)
  • Asceticism was even his basis for reproaching the humanist whenever he trumpeted peace and happiness; Naphta would belligerently accuse him to his face of love of the flesh (amor carnalis) and love of physical comfort{commodorum corporis), call it utter bourgeois irreligion to ascribe the least value to life and health.
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (32% in)
  • The humanist then took advantage of this animated mood to explain further about how one ought to pay no attention to those who suffered from hallucinations, to pazzi in general, advancing the proposition that such people let themselves get carried away, quite illegitimately, and often had it within their power to control their madness, as he had himself observed on several visits to madhouses.
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (43% in)
  • At the moment, however, their current discussion consumed his total attention, because Naphta now went on to discuss in caustic fashion the general biases that induced humanists to honor health on principle and dishonor and belittle sickness whenever possible—a position, however, that revealed a remarkable and almost praiseworthy self-abnegation on Herr Settembrini's part, since he was himself ill.
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (47% in)
  • The same feeling, as was well known, that the humanist Plotinus had expressed, Hans Castorp exclaimed.
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (48% in)
  • Perhaps, if Herr Settembrini had had a Saint Elizabeth at his side back then, when the infirmities of his body had prevented him from attending the convention for progress in Barcelona, why then ... They all laughed, and before the humanist could fly off the handle, Hans Castorp quickly told about a thrashing he had once received—-a punishment still administered sometimes in the lower grades of his high school, where there had been riding crops in every room; and although social...
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (56% in)
  • And as for pedagogics, the conception of human dignity that sought to ban corporal punishment had its roots, to hear Naphta tell it, in the liberal individualism of the era of bourgeois humanism, in the Enlightenment's absolutism of the ego, which was about to atrophy and be replaced by a wave of newer, less namby-pamby social concepts, ideas of submission and obedience, of bridles and bonds, and since such things were not to be had without holy cruelty, flogging would thus be regarded...
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (57% in)
  • The humanist begged the other gentlemen not to believe it.
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (68% in)
  • The decisive factor in the humanist's view of the world was that God and the Devil were two different persons or principles and that "life" was the bone of contention between them— very much after the medieval model, by the way.
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (81% in)
  • It was not for nothing that he was a man of letters—the grandson of a politician and the son of a humanist.
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (96% in)
  • The three Berghof residents turned homeward, and the two pedagogic rivals were forced to enter their little house, the one climbing to his silken cell, the other to his humanist's garret with its lectern and water carafe.
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (**% in)
  • "Praeterit figura huius mundi," he said to himself in a Latin that was not humanist in spirit, but a phrase he had picked up from Naphta.
    6.7 - Snow (31% in)
  • The humanist was duly horrified.
    6.7 - Snow (99% in)
  • Herr Settembrini had moved now from his humanist's folding lectern to the round table with its water carafe, closer to his pupil, who was sitting on the backless divan pushed up against one wall, his elbows on his knees and his chin propped in one hand.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (44% in)
  • He, Naphta, regretted having to disappoint his vis-a-vis, for he found the humanist fear of the very word "illiteracy" merely amusing.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (56% in)
  • ...to send to school any lad who did not wish to become a cleric, and this scorn for the literary arts, on the part of the aristocracy and commonfolk alike, had remained the hallmark of genuine nobility; whereas the literary man, that true son of humanism and the bourgeoisie, who could read and write—which nobles, warriors, and common people could do only poorly or not at all—could do nothing else, understood absolutely nothing about the world, and remained a Latin windbag, a master of...
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (57% in)
  • Nobility was, rather, a certain lofty abundance, generosita, which revealed itself by ascribing to form a human value quite independent of content; the cultivation of public speaking as an art for art's sake, this legacy of Greco-Roman civilization, which humanists, the uomini letterati, had restored for those who spoke Romance languages, for them at least, was the source of every further meaningful idealism, including political idealism.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (58% in)
  • They carried everything to extremes, these two, as was probably necessary for the sake of argument, and squabbled fiercely over the most extreme choices, whereas it seemed to him that what one might, in a spirit of conciliation, declare truly human or humane had to lie somewhere in the middle of this intolerant contentiousness, somewhere between rhetorical humanism and illiterate barbarism.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (59% in)
  • It did not trouble him in the least when Naphta tried to send him packing to China, a land afflicted with the most bizarre idolatry of the ABC's ever known to history, where you could become a field marshal if you could sketch all forty thousand characters—which surely had to warm the humanist's heart.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (61% in)
  • To that eloquent orator and humanist, whom she could not stand and called arrogant and inhumane?
    7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (17% in)
  • And he championed the innocence of lust—and Hans Castorp was reminded of that humanist's spare garret with its lectern and rush-bottom chairs and water carafe; whereas Naphta, after first claiming that lust could never be without guilt and that nature should, if you please, have a bad conscience in the presence of the Spirit, went on to refute the nihilism of the ascetic principle by defining the Church's policy of spiritual indulgence as "love"—and Hans Castorp found the word "love"...
    7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (40% in)
  • They rode in two one-horse sleighs, Hans Castorp with the humanist, Naphta with Ferge and Wehsal, who sat up beside the driver; well wrapped in blankets, they left at three from the home of the non-Berghof residents, and to the tinkle of bells—that friendly sound in a silent, snowy landscape—they rode off down the right-hand slope of the valley, heading south, through Frauenkirch and Glaris.
    7.9 - The Great Petulance (45% in)
  • The humanist was annoyed.
    7.9 - The Great Petulance (49% in)
  • On the other hand, individualism was a matter of liberal humanism, which tended toward anarchy and wanted at all costs to protect the precious individual from being sacrificed to the interests of the whole.
    7.9 - The Great Petulance (55% in)
  • That concern is only too justified, for your humanism now it is only a pigtail, a classicistic absurdity, a bit of intellectual ennui, which produces only yawns and which the new revolution, our revolution, is about to sweep aside.
    7.9 - The Great Petulance (64% in)
  • It was the other way around now; with hands tucked between his knees, the student now sat beside the bed of the humanist in the little garret bedroom or next to the divan in the cozy and private dormered studio, with its Carbonaro chairs and water carafe, kept him company and listened politely to his presentations of the world situation—for Herr Lodovico was seldom on his feet these days.
    7.10 - The Thunderbolt (34% in)

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