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    Critical Disinterestedness and Ideological Commitment: An Impasse?

    Cosgrove, Brian (2004) Critical Disinterestedness and Ideological Commitment: An Impasse? In: UNSPECIFIED Irish Philosophical Society, pp. 16-26.

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    Is critical disinterestedness possible? Or, is it, for that matter, even desirable? These are the major questions that hover above this essay - large questions which we face at the outset. For the moment we need to establish, first, what might be meant by 'disinterestedness'. For those whose major business is with the English literary tradition, the first name that will unfailingly come to mind when the term is mentioned is that of Matthew Arnold. The word 'disinterestedness' famously occurs in what remains one of the most widely read of Arnold's critical essays, 'The Function of Criticism at the Present Time'. Arnold pauses to ask, what rule ought to condition the activity of English criticism? His answer is as follows: The rule may be summed up in one word - disinterestedness. And how is criticism to show disinterestedness? By keeping aloof from what is called 'the practical view of things'; by resolutely following the law of its own nature, which is to be a free play of the mind on all subjects which it touches.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: Critical Disinterestedness, Ideological Commitment
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies
    Item ID: 334
    Depositing User: Professor Brian Cosgrove
    Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2006
    Journal or Publication Title: Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society
    Publisher: Irish Philosophical Society
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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