Describe the philosophy used by the Bloomsbury Group in order to encourage free and open discussion. 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that the members of the Bloomsbury Group embraced a sort of freedom that smashed conventionally held notions of discourse.  The members of the Bloomsbury Group were conscious that what they were doing was fundamentally different than all other types of groups, both past and present.  In their own mind, there was a spirit of freedom and true discourse that enabled them to encourage free and open discussion.  The group believed that the "pursuit of the good, the true, and the beautiful" could only be done when socially repressive shackles were left behind.  It is for this reason that the group questioned reality with a "comprehensive irreverence" for all that was previously held to be true.  The group challenged all that was understood as true in their discussions and beliefs on sexuality, common beliefs in relationships, as well as art and aesthetics.  Over time, the Bloomsbury Group understood perfectly that the philosophy of total freedom and going where the pursuit of it leads an individual is the only way to sustain free and open discussion.  It is for this reason that the group believed itself to be fundamentally different from other groups like it at the time and preceding it.  


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