Category Archives: Terry Eagleton

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

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

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.  Christian socialism was so concerned to assert,

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.  Christian socialism was so concerned to assert,

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

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

Liberal Church

This kind of fundamentally impotent liberalism has become a dominant mode of thinking in the renewal which is now going on in the Catholic Church, and an awareness of its limitations is therefore all the more urgent for catholics.  On

Liberal Church

This kind of fundamentally impotent liberalism has become a dominant mode of thinking in the renewal which is now going on in the Catholic Church, and an awareness of its limitations is therefore all the more urgent for catholics.  On

Fog of Hesitation

Liberal values operate in an area of freedom and leisure, behind the nasty reality of capitalism, and the indirectness of the link — private incomes, investments, privileged education, the old-boy network, university posts — conceals the fact that the liberal,

Fog of Hesitation

Liberal values operate in an area of freedom and leisure, behind the nasty reality of capitalism, and the indirectness of the link — private incomes, investments, privileged education, the old-boy network, university posts — conceals the fact that the liberal,

The Cult of Inclusivity

A concern with pluralism, difference, diversity and marginality has yielded some precious gains.  But it has also served to displace attention from various more material issues.  In fact, in some quarters culture has become a way of not talking about

The Cult of Inclusivity

A concern with pluralism, difference, diversity and marginality has yielded some precious gains.  But it has also served to displace attention from various more material issues.  In fact, in some quarters culture has become a way of not talking about

Culture, Commodity, and Inclusion

The breaking down of cultural hierarchies is clearly to be welcomed.  For the most part, however, it is less the upshot of a genuinely democratic spirit than an effect of the commodity form, which levels existing values rather than contesting

Culture, Commodity, and Inclusion

The breaking down of cultural hierarchies is clearly to be welcomed.  For the most part, however, it is less the upshot of a genuinely democratic spirit than an effect of the commodity form, which levels existing values rather than contesting

The Present, with more options

The final limit on capitalism, Marx once commented, is capital itself, the constant reproduction of which is a frontier beyond which it cannot stray.  There is thus something curiously static and repetitive about this most dynamic of all historical regimes.

The Present, with more options

The final limit on capitalism, Marx once commented, is capital itself, the constant reproduction of which is a frontier beyond which it cannot stray.  There is thus something curiously static and repetitive about this most dynamic of all historical regimes.