Practice the Art of Criticism in Essays

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 “…[As to move] towards criticism as the common pursuit of true judgement. Firstly, obviously, by avoiding dogmatism, always offering reasons for an opinion, making intuitions conscious and articulate.  Secondly, by cultivating an openness of approach, a readiness to approve what one may personally dislike, to the extent that there are grounds for approval (and conversely to disapprove of what one may happen to like, to the extent that there are grounds for disapproval).  Perhaps this is the same thing as the cultivation of self-awareness: knowledge of one’s temperamental or ideological bias.  And thirdly, — to be less psychological and more literary — by adopting devises that will encourage looking around, and into, the work before leaping to conclusions…” (Rodway, 1982, pp 15-16)

Another example of this was stated that:

“….OK, great, people have been doing that sort of thing for centuries, chewing over p[r]oblems, offering ideas, seeing them striken down by others and generally, in the end, we get from the intellectual back and forth an answer which we can be reasonably sure of. [And that this] is science of course: put up a theory and then everyone tries to disprove it and if they can then you start again with a new theory. In the end you hope that you’ll end up with one that no one can disprove and which you can then take as the basis of a course of action…..” (Spectator Business, 2008)

 

WEBLINK RESOURCE: The value of blogging
REFERENCE:  Rodway, Allan., (1982), The Craft of Criticism, published by Cambridge University, England.

 

 

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