Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Chronological Snobbery

Apart from the fact that CS Lewis died in 1963 and he was reflecting the thinking of the time.

Someone used this argument in response to a quote by C.S. Lewis that I used. It was ironic because C.S. Lewis coined the term “chronological snobbery” for this type of argument. He defined it as “the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited.” G. K. Chesterton had this to say about those who agree with “modern view” only because it is modern.

My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.

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