George Bernard Shaw

G. K. CHESTERTON (1874 - 1936)

Chesterton and Shaw were famous friends and enjoyed their arguments and discussions. Although rarely in agreement, they both maintained good-will towards and respect for each other. However, in his writing, Chesterton expressed himself very plainly on where they differed and why. In Heretics he writes of Shaw:

“After belabouring a great many people for a great many years for being unprogressive, Mr. Shaw has discovered, with characteristic sense, that it is very doubtful whether any existing human being with two legs can be progressive at all. Having come to doubt whether humanity can be combined with progress, most people, easily pleased, would have elected to abandon progress and remain with humanity. Mr. Shaw, not being easily pleased, decides to throw over humanity with all its limitations and go in for progress for its own sake. If man, as we know him, is incapable of the philosophy of progress, Mr. Shaw asks, not for a new kind of philosophy, but for a new kind of man. It is rather as if a nurse had tried a rather bitter food for some years on a baby, and on discovering that it was not suitable, should not throw away the food and ask for a new food, but throw the baby out of window, and ask for a new baby.”

Shaw represented the new school of thought, humanism, which was rising at the time. Chesterton's views, on the other hand, became increasingly more focused towards the church. In Orthodoxy he writes:

“The worship of will is the negation of will. . . If Mr. Bernard Shaw comes up to me and says, "Will something," that is tantamount to saying, "I do not mind what you will," and that is tantamount to saying, "I have no will in the matter." You cannot admire will in general, because the essence of will is that it is particular. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography, Essays & Short Works

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Introduction, Preface, and Chapter 1 The Irishman Ray Clare
00:29:14
Play 02 Chapter 2 The Puritan Ray Clare
00:27:28
Play 03 Chapter 3 The Progressive pt. 1 Ray Clare
00:25:03
Play 04 Chapter 3 The Progressive pt. 2 Ray Clare
00:26:36
Play 05 Chapter 4 The Critic pt. 1 Ray Clare
00:22:18
Play 06 Chapter 4 The Critic pt. 2 Ray Clare
00:17:02
Play 07 Chapter 5 The Dramatist pt. 1 Ray Clare
00:24:31
Play 08 Chapter 5 The Dramatist pt. 2 Ray Clare
00:25:38
Play 09 Chapter 5 The Dramatist pt. 3 Ray Clare
00:23:41
Play 10 Chapter 6 The Philosopher pt. 1 Ray Clare
00:21:57
Play 11 Chapter 6 The Philosopher pt. 2 Ray Clare
00:24:28
Play 12 Chapter 6 The Philosopher pt. 3 Ray Clare
00:25:42
Play 13 Chapter 6 The Philosopher pt. 4 Ray Clare
00:27:14
Play 14 Chapter 6 The Philosopher pt. 5 Ray Clare
00:25:30