chapter  3
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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.