The Party of Humanity: Writing Moral Psychology in Eighteenth-century Britain

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000 - 250 pagine
What is the relationship between the self and society? Where do moral judgements come from? As Blakey Vermeule demonstrates in this discussion, such questions about sociability and moral philosophy were central to 18th-century writers and artists. Vermeule focuses on a group of aesthetically complicated moral texts: Alexander Pope's character sketches and Dunciad, Samuel Johnson's Life of Savage, and David Hume's self-consciously theatrical writings on pride and his autobiographical writings on religious melancholia. These writers and their characters confronted familiar social dilemmas - sexual desire, gender identity, family relations, cheating, ambition, status, rivalry and shame - and responded by developing a practical ethics about their own behaviour at the same time that they refined their moral judgements of others.

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The Art of Obligation
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Four Abstraction Reference and the Dualism
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Johnsons Life of Savage
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