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

By Lord Shaftesbury

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

Shaftesbury's features of fellows, Manners, evaluations, occasions used to be first released in 1711. It levels broadly over ethics, aesthetics, faith, the humanities (painting, literature, structure, gardening), and old and smooth background, and goals at not anything below a brand new perfect of the gentleman. including Locke's Essay relating Human knowing and Addison and Steele's Spectator, it's a textual content of primary value for figuring out the concept and tradition of Enlightenment Europe. This quantity, first released in 2000, offers an variation of the textual content including an advent, explanatory notes and a consultant to additional studying.

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A man of tolerable good nature who happens to be a little piqued may, by improving his resentment, become a very fury for revenge. Even a good Christian, who would needs be over-good and thinks he can never believe enough, may, by a small inclination well improved, extend his faith so largely as to comprehend in it not only all scriptural and traditional miracles, but a solid system of old wives’ stories. Were it needful, I could put your Lordship in mind of an eminent, learned, and truly Christian prelate you once knew, B C 2 In Greek mythology, the Muses were nine divine sisters, the children of Zeus (the Roman Jupiter or Jove) and Mnemosyne or Memory, who inspired the varieties of the arts and learning.

3 But if we fear to apply this rule in anything, what security can we have against the imposture of formality in all things? We have allowed ourselves to be formalistsE in one point, and the same formality may rule us as it pleases in all other. It is not in every disposition that we are capacitated to judge of things. We must beforehand judge of our own temper and, accordingly, of other things which fall under our judgment. But we must never more pretend to judge of things, or of our own temper in judging them, when we have given up our preliminary right of judgment and, under a presumption of gravity, have allowed ourselves to be most ridiculous and to admire profoundly the most ridiculous things in nature, at least for ought we know.

On the relation between melancholy and enthusiasm and for some of the psycho-physiological language on which Shaftesbury drew here, see Michael Heyd, ‘Be Sober and Reasonable’: The Critique of Enthusiasm in the Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries (Leiden: E. J. Brill, ), pp. –, –. As Shaftesbury made clear below, these ‘wise nations’ were the Greek and Roman polities of classical antiquity. –.  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 the help of a small company, whose clamours he managed to good advantage among the echoing rocks and caverns of a woody vale.

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