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The Materialist Philosophers (A Review)

Terry Eagleton is best known as a literary and cultural critic; his sharp pen and sharper wit combined with his erudite Marxist theory to take the Anglo-British academic world by storm. 631 more words

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Reason, Faith and Folly

Freudians and political radicals, along with a great many people who would see themselves as neither, are aware that without reason we are sunk, but that reason, even so, is not in the end what is most fundamental about us. 99 more words


Can We Get Beyond Language to A Material Reality? Eagleton’s Marxist Critique of Postmodernism and the Politically Correct Left

The Young-Hegelian ideologists, in spite of their allegedly “world-shattering” statements, are the staunchest conservatives. The most recent of them have found the correct expression for their activity when they declare they are only fighting against “phrases”.

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The Religion of Science

Science, like any other human affair, is indeed shot through with prejudice and partisanship, not to speak of ungrounded assumptions, unconscious biases, taken-for-granted truth, and beliefs to close to the eyeball to be objectified. 123 more words


Victorian Sensibility

Christianity had already been processed by the Victorian sensibility in a way which made this situation inevitable.  The growing dislocation of fact and feeling in Victorian society meant a division between religion and theology; the former was fostered as a body of humane and safely generalised feeling, the latter suspected as rigid dogma.  46 more words

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Christian Socialism, paradoxes and contradictions

The basic contradiction in Christian socialism was that it attempted a radical critique of contemporary society in the context of an ultimate disbelief in social reality as an object worthy of absolute attention.  296 more words

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Ambivalence about the Poor

Another, vital, contradiction can be found in a basic attitude to the working classes among middle-class Christians.  The working class could be seen both as dirty, debauched criminals, and as immortal souls needing salvation; each attitude existed in terms of the other, since the working class were debauched because they were not saved, and proclaimed their need of salvation by being in this depraved condition.  206 more words

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