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The Modern Quarterly Beginnings of Aesthetic Realism, 1922-1923: The Equality of Man, the Scientific Criticism, and Other Essays Paperback – December, 1997

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  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Definition Pr; 2 edition (December 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910492352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910492355
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,853,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend everyone -- very much educators and persons working for civil rights -- read Eli Siegel's essay "The Equality of Man," one of the essays in this book. It has the greatest logic, and feeling, on this subject I know of. The essay "The Scientific Criticism" has a scope and exactitude that unifies art, science, and life itself as never before. This book will electrify and move you -- stir new thought and new seeing in every area of your life!
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I'll comment on only one essay for the moment, "The Scientific Criticism." The thing a critic of literature needs most is the thing you and I need most when we try to see the value of the last remark of our spouse or friend. We need to have a scientific basis. Otherwise we're in danger of praising too much and disparaging too much. Being flatterers or mean-spirited. "The Scientific Criticism" fills a huge need for everyone trying not to be overly subjective. Eli Siegel says we all want to be scientific critics--appreciate everything we encounter that can justly be appreciated! Be a true critic of injustice or bad style. Who doesn't hope to be able to do this? Teachers marking papers hope to be a really just critic. Students criticizing or praising teachers online, if asked, would say they'd rather be fair than not. Book reviewers just aching to write the cleverest and most cutting remark of the week yet also wanting to be just to a really decent author--they need the knowledge that's in this remarkable book, and that remarkable essay, "The Scientific Criticism."

What has philosophy most needed all this time? A way to be objective about value. A way that isn't "If I like it it's good, if I don't like it it isn't."
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