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Terry Eagleton

The British are supposed to be particularly averse to intellectuals, a prej

The British are supposed to be particularly averse to intellectuals, a prejudice closely bound up with their dislike of foreigners. Indeed, one important source of this Anglo-Saxon distaste for highbrows and eggheads was the French revolution, which was s
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Poetry is the most subtle of the literary arts, and students grow more inge

Poetry is the most subtle of the literary arts, and students grow more ingenious by the year at avoiding it. If they can nip around Milton, duck under Blake and collapse gratefully into the arms of Jane Austen, a lot of them will.
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Most poetry in the modern age has retreated to the private sphere, turning

Most poetry in the modern age has retreated to the private sphere, turning its back on the political realm.
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Cynicism and naivety lie cheek by jowl in the American imagination; if the

Cynicism and naivety lie cheek by jowl in the American imagination; if the United States is one of the most venal nations on Earth, it is also one of the most earnestly idealistic.
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It is true that too much belief can be bad for your health.

It is true that too much belief can be bad for your health.
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Deconstruction insists not that truth is illusory but that it is institutio

Deconstruction insists not that truth is illusory but that it is institutional.
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The study of history and philosophy, accompanied by some acquaintance with

The study of history and philosophy, accompanied by some acquaintance with art and literature, should be for lawyers and engineers as well as for those who study in arts faculties.
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It is in Rousseau's writing above all that history begins to turn from uppe

It is in Rousseau's writing above all that history begins to turn from upper-class honour to middle-class humanitarianism. Pity, sympathy and compassion lie at the centre of his moral vision. Values associated with the feminine begin to infiltrate social
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In the deep night of metaphysics, all cats look black.

In the deep night of metaphysics, all cats look black.
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The Kantian imperative to have the courage to think for oneself has involve

The Kantian imperative to have the courage to think for oneself has involved a contemptuous disregard for the resources of tradition and an infantile view of authority as inherently oppressive.
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If the oppressed must be alert enough to follow the rulers' instructions, t

If the oppressed must be alert enough to follow the rulers' instructions, they are therefore conscious enough to be able to challenge them.
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In post-Nietzschean spirit, the West appears to be busily undermining its o

In post-Nietzschean spirit, the West appears to be busily undermining its own erstwhile metaphysical foundations with an unholy mélange of practical materialism, political pragmatism, moral and cultural relativism, and philosophical skepticism.
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