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A person inhabits this delimiting perspective according to a prepossessed disposition, which Hopkins early identifies as "a passion or prepossession or enthusiasm" (Journals, p.
The mnemonic arts, as Frances Yates told us, not only developed the powers of recall, but helped furnish the sense of the mastery of material and inner psychological space that paved the way for the prepossessed Cartesian subject.
(An edited selection of Galella's images, The Photographs of Ron Galella, appeared last month from Greybull Press.) Fitting because Warhol called Galella his favorite photographer (Andy: "My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous") and because Galella, who began shooting in the mid-'60s for the National Enquirer and various fan magazines like Photoplay and Modern Screen in the days before People and Us when dinner theater still seemed a viable gig for fairly big stars, was as prepossessed as Warhol by matters of fame and celebs and the question of what "access" means not just to stars but to anyone.
Prepossessed with the opinion, that this phantom is an interesting reality, men, instead of concluding wisely from its incomprehensibility, that they are not bound to regard it; on the contrary infer, that they cannot sufficiently meditate upon it, that they must contemplate it without ceasing, reason upon it without end, and never lose sight of it.
A less prepossessed investigator might, if he thought about it, draw rather different conclusions.
One must not be in the least prepossessed in favour of the real existence of the thing, but must preserve complete indifference in this respect, in order to play the part of judge in matters of taste'.(4)