chapter  1
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Style as Perceptive Strategy

The how of human behaviour, the style, is felt at many levels, from the primitive distinguishing of yourself from everybody - and everything - else, to the identifying of groups of friends and foes, and of men and women (gender itself, a fundamental case of how, might be said to be a matter of style). It is perceived in the style of arts and games (the stylish tennis player, the stylish violinist), in fashions (Style with a capital S), and in literature. The basic act of making sense out of the what which nature presents to our senses necessarily involves the how of style. If style is the man, it is also the world he first constructs and then inhabits.