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Critical Understanding The Powers and Limits of Pluralism

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ISBN-10: 0226065553

ISBN-13: 9780226065557

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Wayne C. Booth

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Critics will always disagree, but, maintains Wayne Booth, their disagreement need not result in critical chaos. In Critical Understanding, Booth argues for a reasoned pluralism--a criticism more various and resourceful than can be caught in any one critic's net. He relates three noted pluralists--Ronald Crane, Kenneth Burke, and M. H. Abrams--to various currently popular critical approaches. Throughout, Booth tests the abstractions of metacriticism against particular literary works, devoting a substantial portion of his discussion to works by W. H. Auden, Henry James, Oliver Goldsmith, and Anatole France.
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Book details

List price: $46.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/1/1982
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 422
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

The Plurality of Modes as a Problem
Babel Six Attitudes toward Critical Variety and Conflict
""Pluralistic"" Stimulation of Chaotic Warfare
Hope for Semantic Resolution
Monism Skepticism
Methodological Pluralism
Problems Raised by This Pluralism
Confusion with Other Pluralisms
Confusion with Relativism
Paradoxical Umbrellas and Other Analogies
Ronald Crane and the Pluralism of Discrete Modes
Skepticism, Dogmatism, and the Plurality of Human Achievements
The New Semantics of Modes Pur