Abstract: How can criticism justify itself in modern society? What have been its traditional functions, are these still feasible, and can they be adapted to our own conditions?
Terry Eagleton is Adjunct Professor of Cultural Theory at the National University of Ireland, Galway and Distinguished Professor of English Literature at Lancaster University (UK). He is a noted literary critic and author of more than forty books on culture, literary theory and religion. Amongst his best-known books, the most recent include: The Meaning of Life (2007); Trouble with Strangers: A Study of Ethics (2008); Literary Theory (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008); Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate (2009); and On Evil (2010).