The Resource History of English thought in the eighteenth century, Vol. 1, Leslie Stephen, (electronic resource)

History of English thought in the eighteenth century, Vol. 1, Leslie Stephen, (electronic resource)

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History of English thought in the eighteenth century, Vol. 1
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History of English thought in the eighteenth century
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Vol. 1
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Leslie Stephen
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eng
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"The plan of this book was, I believe, suggested tome by Mr. Pattison's essay upon the 'Tendencies of Religious Thought in England from 1688 to 1750.' I thought that it might be worth while to give a more detailed and systematic account of the movement so admirably characterised in that essay. The history of the deistical controversy, which is the chief product of eighteenth-century theology, has been several times written. The first account of it is in Leland's 'View of the Deistical Writers' (1754-6), a book which has still a certain historical value, but which shows of course the narrowness and unfairness of contemporary controversy. It is in no sense philosophical. By far the best accounts of the deists, so far as I know, is Lechler's excellent 'Geschichte des Englischen Deismus' (Stuttgart, 1841). Lechler is a very candid, competent, and painstaking writer; and I am glad to refer to him for more detailed accounts of many of the deists than has been compatible with my own plan. Lechler's book, however, is devoted chiefly to the writers known distinctively as deists, to the comparative neglect of the more orthodox writers,who in reality represent a superficial modification of the same general tendencies of thought. He describes one of the strands, not the whole cord. Mr. Hunt, in his 'History of Religious Thought in England,' has recently given a very full account of all the principal writers of the time, deist and orthodox. Mr. Hunt deserves high praise for his candour and industry; but he is content for the present to be rather an annalist than a historian of thought; and I differ widely from his estimate--so far as he has revealed it--the true significance and relative importance of many of the writings concerned. Considering the difference of our first principles, it would be strange, indeed, if I were in this respect quite satisfied with his performance. But, in any case, I am glad to acknowledge many obligations to his work. In order to give a satisfactory account of the deist controversy, it thus seemed necessary to describe the general theological tendencies of the time; and in order to set forth intelligibly the ideas which shaped those tendencies, it seemed desirable, again, to trace their origin in the philosophy of the time, and to show their application in other departments of speculation. I have, therefore, begun with an account of the contemporary philosophy, though, in repeating a thrice-told tale, I have endeavoured to be as brief as was compatible with my purpose. Further, I have tried to indicate the application of the principles accepted in philosophy and theology to moral and political questions, and their reflection in the imaginative literature of the time. In the chapter upon political theories, I have tried to keep as far as possible from the province of political or social history; and the last chapter is of necessity little more than a collection of hints, which could not have been worked out in detail without expanding the book beyond all permissible limits and trespassing upon the province of literary criticism. The book, as it is, has assumed such dimensions that I have been unable to describe it satisfactorily by any other than the perhaps too ambitious title which it bears"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
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1832-1904
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Stephen, Leslie
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no index present
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B1301
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.S8 1876
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
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  • Philosophy, English
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History of English thought in the eighteenth century, Vol. 1, Leslie Stephen, (electronic resource)
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A sequel to this work was published by the author in 1900 with title: "The English utilitarians."
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Includes bibliographical references
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23 cm.
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xv, 466 p.
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electronic
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Electronic reproduction.
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History of English thought in the eighteenth century, Vol. 1, Leslie Stephen, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
A sequel to this work was published by the author in 1900 with title: "The English utilitarians."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 466 p.
Form of item
electronic
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(DcWaAPA)apa08951448

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