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Scepticism and Literature: An Essay on Pope, Hume, Sterne, and Johnson

Fred Parker

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199253180
eISBN:
9780191719189
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253180.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

‘The more we enquire, the less we can resolve’, wrote Johnson. Scepticism — a reasoned emphasis on the severe limitations of rationality — would seem to undermine the grounds of belief and action. ... More


Rational Ignorance and Sceptical Thinking

FRED PARKER

in Scepticism and Literature: An Essay on Pope, Hume, Sterne, and Johnson

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199253180
eISBN:
9780191719189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253180.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

By ‘sceptical thinking’ in the 18th-century is meant a radical scepticism, such as appears to undermine the rational grounds of belief and action, but which nevertheless generates a surprising ... More


Just Supposing: Locke's Essay concerning Human Understanding

FRED PARKER

in Scepticism and Literature: An Essay on Pope, Hume, Sterne, and Johnson

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199253180
eISBN:
9780191719189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253180.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter expounds the double attitude toward scepticism — both hostile and hospitable — carried by the empirical epistemology of Locke's Essay. Contemporary responses (by Swift, Berkeley, Prior, ... More


The Cosmopolitan Nation, “Where Order in Variety We See”

Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins

in A Taste for China: English Subjectivity and the Prehistory of Orientalism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199950980
eISBN:
9780199345991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199950980.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, World Literature

English literature of the early eighteenth century revised notions of identity based on inherited property and status, emphasizing instead a new kind of Englishness based on participation in global ... More


The Novel of Sensibility in the 1780s

Caroline Franklin

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 2: English and British Fiction 1750-1820

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199574803
eISBN:
9780191869747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199574803.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter studies the novels of sensibility in the 1780s. The philosophy of John Locke, Anthony Ashley Cooper, third Earl of Shaftesbury, Adam Smith, and Francis Hutcheson had influenced the first ... More


Non-Fictional Discourses and the Novel

John Richetti

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 1: Prose Fiction in English from the Origins of Print to 1750

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199580033
eISBN:
9780191869730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199580033.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter examines the connections between non-fictional discourses, such as periodicals and philosophy, and the development of the novel. While veracity in narrative still mattered to ... More


Physiology, Commerce, and Comedy: Three Hours after Marriage and A Bold Stroke for a Wife

Al Coppola

in The Theater of Experiment: Staging Natural Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190269715
eISBN:
9780190269739
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190269715.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Drama

This chapter examines the conflicting treatment of scientific folly in two plays staged in 1717–18, the Scriblerians’ Three Hours after Marriage and Susanna Centlivre’s A Bold Stroke for a Wife, in ... More


Isaac Watts, Educationalist

Tessa Whitehouse

in The Textual Culture of English Protestant Dissent 1720–1800

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780198717843
eISBN:
9780191787348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717843.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter focuses on the content and dissemination of Watts’s pedagogical works to explore a different pattern of educational publishing from that pursued by Doddridge and his successors. As with ... More


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