Lord Shaftesbury's Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times (Cambridge PDF

By Lord Shaftesbury

Lord Shaftesbury - features of guys, Manners, critiques, occasions. Edited by means of: Lawrence E. Klein. Cambridge collage Press, 2000. 532 pages (Cambridge Texts within the background of Philosophy). ISBN: 9780521578929

Shaftesbury's features of fellows, Manners, evaluations, instances was once first released in 1711. It levels generally over ethics, aesthetics, faith, the humanities (painting, literature, structure, gardening), and historic and smooth background, and goals at not anything lower than a brand new perfect of the gentleman. including Locke's Essay pertaining to Human knowing and Addison and Steele's Spectator, it's a textual content of basic significance for realizing the idea and tradition of Enlightenment Europe. This quantity, first released in 2000, offers an variation of the textual content including an creation, explanatory notes and a consultant to additional examining.

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Only a few books about Shaftesbury have been written in English during the twentieth century. Each provides a general orientation to Shaftesbury while approaching him from a different angle. Alfred O. Aldridge, ‘Shaftesbury and the Deist Manifesto’, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, New Series  (), Part : –, emphasizes Shaftesbury’s religious and ecclesiastical views, especially his deism. The most extensive treatment in a philoxxxiii Further reading 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 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 sophical vein remains Stanley Grean, Shaftesbury’s Philosophy of Religion and Ethics: A Study in Enthusiasm (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, ).

There are even in our own age some such examples. In former ages there have been many such. We have known mighty princes and even emperors of the world who could bear unconcernedly not only the free censure of their actions, but the most spiteful reproaches and calumnies, even to their faces. Some perhaps may wish there had never been such examples found in heathens, but, more especially, that the occasion had never been given by Christians. It was more the misfortune indeed of mankind in general than of Christians in particular that some of the earlier Roman emperors were such monsters of tyranny and began a persecution, not on religious men merely, but on all who were suspected of worth or virtue.

Barker Benfield, The Culture of Sensibility: Sex and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, ). ). Characteristics was first published in , but, before his death in , Shaftesbury made many revisions and corrections in preparation for the second edition. ) and has been consulted comprehensively in preparing this edition. A number of manuscripts in the Shaftesbury Papers, Public Record Office (PRO), Kew, Surrey, are devoted to this process of revision and have been consulted.

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