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His indirections and obliquities no doubt served psychological as well as pragmatic ends.
While by tenacity we are the slaves of the past (and entropy), while by authority we are the slaves of those who wield the power, and while by pure reason we become unknowing slaves of our own prejudices and obliquities, the method of science affords freedom from all these influences.
However, none of the contributors meets the challenge set by the outstanding recent American study of Mann, Anthony Heilbut's biography (1995), which not only explores the obliquities of erotic desire in Mann's works but also reveals his sensuous celebration of material life, and thus sends one back to the original text with heightened appreciation.