By Jim Smyth
Philosophers, political scientists, economists and historians embraced the meant ‘end of ideology’ and fetishized ‘value-free’ procedure and research. This flip is healthier understood within the context of the cultural chilly warfare within which ‘ideology’ served as shorthand for Marxist, however it additionally drew at the wealthy assets and traditions of English empiricism and a Burkean scepticism approximately summary thought regularly. paradoxically, cultural critics and historians comparable to Raymond Williams and E.P. Thompson confirmed at the moment that the thick catalogue of English ethical, aesthetic and social critique may be placed to altogether various reasons. Jim Smyth right here exhibits that, regardless of being allergic to McCarthy-style vulgarity, British intellectuals within the Nineteen Fifties operated inside strong chilly conflict paradigms all of the same.
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