Frank LeavisIn existographies, Frank Leavis (1895-1978), oft-cited as “F.R. Leavis”, was a British literary critic noted for []

In 1962, Leavis, in his “Two Cultures? The Significance of C.P. Snow” lecture, sparked the two cultures debate, with a frontal attack on Charles Snow, stating, e.g., that “Snow is not only not a genius, he is intellectually as undistinguished as it is possible to be”.

Leavis’ arguments, according to R.P. Bilan (1979), are filled with “religious language”; hence, Leavis was a closet theist, and his therein his underlying objection to Snow was a religious objection. Leavis, therein, accordingly, can be classified alongside: Pitirim Sorokin (and his battle with reductionist Lawrence Henderson) and Werner Stark (and his battle with all classical reductionists).

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The following are quotes by Leavis:

“Snow is the spokesperson for the technologico-Benthamite reduction of human experience to the quantifiable, the measurable, the manageable.”
— Frank Leavis (1962), “The Significance of C.P. Snow” [1]

1. (a) Leavis, Frank R. (1962). “Two Cultures? The Significance of C.P. Snow” (abs), Richmond Lecture, Downing College; in: Spectator, Mar 9.
(b) Collini, Stefan. (1993). “Introduction”, in: The Two Cultures (by Charles Snow) (technologio-Benthamite, pg. xxxiii; Coleridge vs. Bentham, pg. xxxv). Canto.
2. Bilan, R.P. (1979). The Literary Criticism of R.F. Leavis (pg. 24). Cambridge University Press.

External links
‚óŹ F.R. Leavis – Wikipedia.

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