The Language of Criticism
Chapter Three. The Language of Criticism Beauty, as the name for a quality in things, should be obsolete. But many other terms in criticism have similarly to be trans formed from names of qualities to descriptions of psychological effects. Traditional language here tends to obscure the discus sion. The critic is throughout concerned with experiences although he appears commonly to be talking about things, the causes namely of these experiences. A critical remark is defined as a remark about the value of an experience; it must be distin guished from a technical remark which is defined as about the means by which an experience is caused. Confusion here is responsible for a majority of avoidable mistakes in criticism.