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Title: The supposition of universality in art and literature
Authors: Smith, Gordon Ross
Keywords: Art -- Philosophy
Literature -- Philosophy
Art and society
Literature and society
Issue Date: 1966
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Arts
Citation: Smith, G. R. (1966). The supposition of universality in art and literature. Journal of the Faculty of Arts, 3(2), 138-147.
Abstract: The belief that great art is universal in its appeal was a favorite doctrine of those fine old nineteenth century liberals to whom we owe so many of our lovely, ineffectual (not to say mendacious), ideals. Reasoning from the assumption presumed a fact, they set out to establish those workingmen's colleges, the public libraries and the museums for which some of us are so much indebted to them. To a small degree, they were right. All social strata of the population produce individuals of intellectual and creative abilities, just as all strata produce dullards and half- wits, and the individuals of innate capacity have been immensely benefitted - as has all society - by those unrealistic nineteenth century ideals.
Appears in Collections:Journal of the Faculty of Arts, Volume 3, Issue 2
Journal of the Faculty of Arts, Volume 3, Issue 2

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