Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times (Cambridge by Lord Shaftesbury

By Lord Shaftesbury

Lord Shaftesbury - features of fellows, Manners, reviews, occasions. Edited through: Lawrence E. Klein. Cambridge college Press, 2000. 532 pages (Cambridge Texts within the background of Philosophy). ISBN: 9780521578929

Shaftesbury's features of fellows, Manners, reviews, occasions was once first released in 1711. It levels generally over ethics, aesthetics, faith, the humanities (painting, literature, structure, gardening), and old and glossy heritage, and goals at not anything below a brand new excellent of the gentleman. including Locke's Essay pertaining to Human realizing and Addison and Steele's Spectator, it's a textual content of primary value for realizing the idea and tradition of Enlightenment Europe. This quantity, first released in 2000, provides an version of the textual content including an advent, explanatory notes and a advisor to extra interpreting.

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Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 411 5 6 7 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40 1 2 If magistracy should vouchsafe to interpose thus much in other sciences, I am afraid we should have as bad logic as bad mathematics and, in every kind, as bad philosophy as we often have divinity in countries where a precise orthodoxy is settled by law. It is a hard matter for a government to settle wit. If it does but keep us sober and honest, it is likely we shall have as much ability in our spiritual as in our temporal affairs, and, if we can but be trusted, we shall have wit enough to save ourselves when no prejudice lies in the way.

See pp. ‒, .  Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 411 5 6 7 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40 1 2 If magistracy should vouchsafe to interpose thus much in other sciences, I am afraid we should have as bad logic as bad mathematics and, in every kind, as bad philosophy as we often have divinity in countries where a precise orthodoxy is settled by law. It is a hard matter for a government to settle wit. If it does but keep us sober and honest, it is likely we shall have as much ability in our spiritual as in our temporal affairs, and, if we can but be trusted, we shall have wit enough to save ourselves when no prejudice lies in the way.

He significantly, even radically, demoted the role of the Judaeo-Christian God and so undermined the functions of the Church. Yet he resisted that undertow of disenchantment that, according to Max Weber, was beginning to drag on the European spirit. Indeed, the continuing possibility of enchantment, in the form of a modern enthusiasm, was perhaps what many of his Enlightenment readers, both in England and abroad, found worthwhile in his writing. 32 Joseph Levine covers these relations exhaustively in The Battle of the Books: History and Literature in the Augustan Age (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, ).

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