Comments on Matthew Arnold’s “Philistinism in England and America”
In his essay, “Philistinism in England and America,” Matthew Arnold examines the ancient ideas of Plato in the context of a twentieth century, capitalist society. As he agrees with almost all of what Plato had to say, he also admits that he is outdated, and that some of his teachings cannot be applied to us, living in an industrial superpower such as the United States.
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ago. Arnold refuses to admit this. He does say that Plato’s ideas are outdated, but adds that the basis for his thoughts could still be applied today, for the betterment of society and the people that live in it. If that’s the way he feels, I’m fine with it, but for me, learning a skill that will make me some money when I’m older is more important than purifying my mind.