Philistinism


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Philistinism

Babbitt
anti-intellectual, bourgeois conformist. [Am. Lit.: Babbitt]
Grand Hotel
pictures European bourgeoisie in Berlin between wars. [Ger. Lit.: Grand Hotel]
Philistines
perennial rivals of Israel in Biblical times; looked upon as uncultured by Israelites. [Jewish Hist.: NCE, 2132]
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That together with a certain provocative quality which was visible here and there, I have to confess, meant that my attempt to use Robin as a 'wedge I could use to break open the crust of prejudice and philistinism and hopefully smooth the path for others' finally did not generate very much at all.
IN SEVERAL DIVISIONS of the social sciences at our universities, particularly in sociology and anthropology, and throughout the humanities, at the forefront literature and the arts, there is scarcely a surer way for a scholar to demonstrate philistinism than to espouse the common-sense belief, at its core Socratic, that to understand human conduct in all its dazzling variety you must understand the universal features of human nature.
He is not wrong to turn Rembrandt's meditation into a meditation on fatherhood, in its merciful and welcoming aspects, beyond a justice of rectitude and beyond any Philistinism.
But because I think of pseudoscience as an ominous and ubiquitous manifestation of our society's intellectual philistinism, the Charles Fort that I discern in Charles Fort is a different poltergeist than the one envisaged by Steinmeyer: a self-important opportunist who (I believe I'm paraphrasing Wittgenstein) didn't know what he didn't know.
A certain degree of philistinism in politics is not a bad thing.
In Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, Thomas takes it as given that the purchase of a hand-stitched crocodile leather Hermes Birkin bag is an experience ennobling to buyer and seller, a triumph of taste over vulgarity and artistry over philistinism.
It has bred, as in Trinidad, the pathetic philistinism of the reconcant' (WW, p.
Somewhat against the militant philistinism of the times, which contrives to combine the vices of the demotic with those of elitist bureaucratic control, the city still maintains a fine orchestra, rather as evolved creatures retain vestigial organs that were once vital to their animal economy.
There is no place for this kind of smug Philistinism in a serious newspaper.
Danforth's words reveal his regrettably limited perspective, and he here embodies the very cultural philistinism that Owen or any other thoughtful artist must sadly endure; in spite of Danforth's small-minded braggadocio, however, his statement is particularly relevant--and ironic--when read in light of the ensuing encounter between butterfly and infant.
But it was an era of great philistinism and cultural vulgarity, so I deliberately put all those pretensions together in that restaurant.
The invincible philistinism of the average Labour local council saw to that.