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In the pragmatist, streetwise climate of advanced postmodern capitalism, with its scepticism of big pictures and grand narratives, its hard-nosed disenchantment with the metaphysical, 'life' is one among a whole series of discredited totalities. We are invited to think small rather than big – ironically, at just the point when some of those out to destroy Western civilization are doing exactly the opposite. In the conflict between Western capitalism and radical Islam, a paucity of belief squares up to an excess of it. The West finds itself faced with a full-blooded metaphysical onslaught at just the historical point that it has, so to speak, philosophically disarmed. As far as belief goes, postmodernism prefers to travel light: it has beliefs, to be sure, but it does not have faith.

Terry Eagleton

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He gave the 2010 Richard Price Memorial Lecture at the historically radical Newington Green Unitarian Church speaking on "The New Atheism and the War on Terror". Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 1982
Literary Theory: An Introduction. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2008
Reason Faith and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate (2009)
On Evil (2010)
Why Marx Was Right (2011)
The Event of Literature (2012) Yale University Press.

A dedicated Marxist literary critic in 2011 he publiTerry Eagletond an apology for the philosopher entitled Why Marx Was Right. Eagleton is currently DistinguiTerry Eagletond Professor of English Literature at Lancaster University; Professor of Cultural Theory at the National University of Ireland and DistinguiTerry Eagletond Visiting Professor of English Literature at The University of Notre Dame. Terence Francis 'Terry' Eagleton FBA (born 22 February 1943) is an English literary theorist and critic widely regarded as the United Kingdom's most influential living literary critic.

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