TITLE

THE POSITIVISTIC FALLACY: 'COGNITIVE TRANSLATABILITY' IN CRITICISM

AUTHOR(S)
Pradhan, S. V.
PUB. DATE
April 1987
SOURCE
British Journal of Aesthetics;Spring87, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p138
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on cognitive translatability in criticism. It states that the attempt to define sincerity, spontaneity and authenticity with reference to semantics and syntax is an instance of what one may call literary positivism. It mentions that the neo-positivist, philosophical programme of reduction and verification bases itself on an analysis of the structure of scientific discourse and tries to adjust itself to it as its grasp of science becomes firmer. It notes that a half-baked theory of positivist inspiration has ruled the mainstream of Anglo-American criticism for decades, legislated for critics and censured critical vocabulary for vagueness, imprecision and affectivity. It adds that if physicalism is the language of physics, it can be the language of criticism too.
ACCESSION #
33296947

 

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