The Approach of a Liberal Humanist

The approach of a Liberal Humanist is more moral than systematic. They give more importance to the moral aspects such as ethics in their approach while working.

Peter Barry notes the following about a liberal humanist’s approach — “Two things stand out in their approach: firstly, this kind of reading is driven (ultimately) by its moral convictions (laudable in themselves, of course) rather than by any model of what constitutes a systematic approach to literary criticism. The second notable aspect of it is that it seems to by-pass matters of form, structure, genre and so on, and launches straight into the discussion of matters of content.”

He goes on to say that while comments on things like structure, symbol, and design would not completely be ignored in their work, they would remain secondary in nature, as support for the primary focus of the reading.

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