Ideas, Ideology, and Interests: On Terry Eagleton´s Approach to Culture

Olaf Miemiec


The British literary theorist Terry Eagleton has significantly influenced contemporary debates on culture. This essay provides a reading of his book The Idea of Culture (2000), in which Eagleton discusses historical, philosophical and political contexts of notions of "culture" thereby unveiling the political interests inherent to such conceptual constructions. The essay highlights Eagleton's complex understanding of relations between nature and culture as well as his own materialist approach to culture.


Culture; History of Ideas; German Idealism; Critical Theory; Ideology

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Olaf Miemiec studied Philosophy and Logic at the University of Leipzig. In 2005, he earned his PhD with a dissertation on the notion of work in the oeuvre of Karl Marx. Currently, he is a staff member of the German parliamentary group, DIE LINKE.