Fall 1987 • Vol. IX No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1987 |

The Language of Chaos

Fearful Symmetry: The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics by A. Zee. New York: Macmillan, 1986. 322 pages. $25.00. T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, and the Discourses of Difference by Michael Beehler. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1987. 182 pages. $20.00.   Nietzsche, who introduced the philosophy of chaos to modern thought, is the most Germanic of German idealists because in his philosophy consciousness or the life of instinct becomes synonymous with the catastrophic character of inanimate existence. Just as Thomas Aquinas held that there is a teleology in existence corresponding to our higher or better nature, so Nietzsche implies that intentionality and chaos are half brothers, and that, moreover, the teleology inherent in experience corresponds to our lower or worst nature. Some years ago, Santayana, scarcely free of Nietzschean influence, remarked that the universe may be, at bottom, chaos. The paradox here is that Zee, in Fearful Symmetry, sets out to d

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