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On the whole, such people are characterised by stylistic peculiarities in their everyday activity (sluggishness, lack of self-organization, unmethodical activity, lack of interest in new experiences) and in intrapersonal relationships (cold and calculating in relationships, insincerity and manipulativeness, formality and aloofness), and also a lack of a feeling of happiness, with poor well-being and a lack of positive emotions.
Arnold's careful sifting of these three classes and their representative figures (the most methodical aspect of a thoroughly unmethodical book) is largely an inventory of their shortcomings, and those positive remarks that do appear tend to be cut short by the kind of barbed generalization one comes to expect in his prose, such as when he follows a discussion of the admirable "manners and dignity" of the aristocracy with the observation that their serenity "appears to come from their never having had any ideas to trouble them" (83-84).
His prodigious, unmethodical reading points to his unworldly character: the notorious loss of his doctoral thesis and notes in a train becomes less surprising when one learns that he carried them all in a large suitcase whenever he went up to read in the British Museum.
One of Indonesia's foremost theatremakers, Putu Wijaya, described his own methodically unmethodical approach to theatre.
24 A quotation reproduced in Charles Silberman's influential 1970 book, Crisis in the Classroom, illustrates the longevity of the sense of crisis: "For more than a hundred years much complaint has been made of the unmethodical way in which schools are conducted, but it is only within the last thirty that any serious attempt has been made to find a remedy for the state of things.
And as Faulkner points out: "Bacon explicitly recommends forms of enigmatic and unmethodical writing.
A sort of singing, a variably pitched but unmethodical vocalizing, may be a spontaneous use of what Aristotle called voice, cut free from psychological necessities and no doubt from any special personal or social connotations.
Desultorily means "going constantly from one subject to another, disconnected, unmethodical.
In its refusal to separate self from method, the living subject from the experienced object, Labarca Hubertson's "Meditation" outlines an unmethodical method of inquiry, grounded in the somatic self and critical of instrumental reason.
Perhaps they are right to adhere strictly to Xenophon, but he certainly is unmethodical.