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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The trouble is, not all of Disney's philistinism was alleged.
The closet was the perfect position to acquire authority and to escape philistinism, and she maintained that open secret throughout her life.
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.
Where that play panders to bourgeois philistinism, comforting an audience unwilling to take seriously the peculiarities of modern art, Hall's bittersweet comedy offers a challenge to those same prejudices.
His wish to let the magazine die quickly rather than flounder reflected his knowledge of the growing cultural philistinism from which universities were becoming less and less immune.
There is no place for this kind of smug Philistinism in a serious newspaper.
The chapter on Die Fermate promises to identify a complex structure of multiple levels of narration and a deep probing into questions of art and aesthetics, but the author concentrates rather on the characters of Theodor and the two sisters and concludes that Theodor, like most of Hoffmann's male artists, commits the error of seeking love and redemption from a woman and ends up despising her when she is unable to live up to his unrealistic expectations In her analysis of Der Artush of Roder condemns Christina as heartless and unfeeling, and, although she finds Christina's father almost endearing', warns that the reader should not lose sight of the fact that the ignorance and philistinism of such individuals cause Traugott considerable suffering.
Call me a purist, but Measure for Measure is not a funny play; that Dove's production of it repeatedly brought the house down, and often at the most delicate points in the script, demonstrated either an audience philistinism or an unusually bathetic approach to the play.
The invincible philistinism of the average Labour local council saw to that.
It also depended upon an empathic, even identificatory, relationship with the "low" to distinguish itself from bourgeois moralizers, superficial socialites, and the general philistinism and intellectual vacuity that arbiters such as Mencken found throughout middle and upper-class America.
Visitors to the city during the 1970s and 1980s, when it was gradually opened up to foreigners, could be forgiven for thinking that all traces of the religious tradition had been obliterated by a combination of urban redevelopment, political philistinism, and the ravages of the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s.