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Eagleton’s insistence on the historical complexity and political usefulness of such ostensibly normative and traditional categories as ‘ideology’ and ‘aesthetics’ has also been influential for cultural criticism in general. His re-reading of these categories has been motivated above all by a desire to steer critics of contemporary culture away from what he perceives as the cultural relativism and political apathy of post-modernism (see modernism and post-modernism).