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Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition

Frederick Neuhouser

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199542673
eISBN:
9780191715402
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542673.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This book studies Rousseau's rich and complex theory of the type of self-love (amour propre) that, for him, marks the central difference between humans and beasts. Amour-propre is the passion that ... More


Moral Philosophy

Christopher M. Cullen

in Bonaventure

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195149258
eISBN:
9780199785131
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149258.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter explores Bonaventure's account of moral philosophy. Bonaventure unambiguously presents moral philosophy as a distinct branch of study in On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology. He ... More


The Dying Cosmos: Qoheleth’s Misanthropic Principle

William P. Brown

in The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199730797
eISBN:
9780199777075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730797.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Theology

Though not a creation account per se, Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 features a portrait of creation that is entirely unique in the biblical corpus. Qoheleth, the ostensible author of most of Ecclesiastes, ... More


Humility

Robert C. Roberts and W. Jay Wood

in Intellectual Virtues: An Essay in Regulative Epistemology

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199283675
eISBN:
9780191712661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283675.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Humility as an intellectual virtue is the absence of intellectual vanity, arrogance, and domination (among other vices of the same family). As such, intellectual humility is a low level of concern to ... More


Acoustics in the Thackeray Theater

David Kurnick

in Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151519
eISBN:
9781400840090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151519.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the tonal shifts of the narrative voice in Vanity Fair as encoding a yearning for public scenes of performance. Moving between public speechifying and chastened intimate ... More


From First Movements To the Seven Cardinal Sins Evagrius

Richard Sorabji

in Emotion and Peace of Mind: From Stoic Agitation to Christian Temptation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199256600
eISBN:
9780191712609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256600.003.0024
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Evagrius (4th century CE Christian) found himself as desert hermit assailed by the eight involuntary bad thoughts of gluttony, lust, avarice, distress, anger boredom (akêdia), vanity (concern with ... More


Ark Treatises

Paul Rorem

in Hugh of Saint Victor

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195384369
eISBN:
9780199869886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384369.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter introduces and summarizes Hugh’s spiritual writings on the biblical ark of Noah: Noah’s Ark, Booklet on the Making of the Ark (Libellus de formatione arche) including the question of a ... More


An Enemy of Happiness

John Kekes

in Enjoyment: The Moral Significance of Styles of Life

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199546923
eISBN:
9780191720109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546923.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter is about Cato whose moralizing style of life made him and those around him utterly miserable. His attitude was vanity, his manner self-righteous, and his dominant activity was to try to ... More


Reason, Freedom, and Justice

Mark Philp and Z. A. Pelczynski

in Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199645060
eISBN:
9780191741616
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645060.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Plamenatz distinguishes between the freedom secured in the Social Contract (freedom in a just society) and Emile (the freedom of the just man in the unjust society) and inquires whether a just man in ... More


Inclusion and Exclusion

Freya Johnston

in Samuel Johnson and the Art of Sinking 1709-1791

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199251827
eISBN:
9780191719080
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251827.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter examines some of the difficulties Boswell encountered in commemorating Johnson's littleness as well as his greatness. It sees in his Life a combination of classically allusive, heroic ... More


Julius Caesar

Robert Garland

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675020
eISBN:
9781781380611
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675020.001.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

Julius Caesar was, as this book maintains, quite simply the most famous Roman who ever lived. His influence endures to the present day: in our ‘Julian’ calendar of 365.25 days, which he introduced; ... More


Egoism Rehabilitated

Robin Small

in Nietzsche and Rée: A Star Friendship

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780199278077
eISBN:
9780191602702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199278075.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

In On the Genealogy of Morals (1887), Nietzsche criticizes the ideas of the ‘English psychologists’—in fact, the account of the moral sense he had earlier borrowed from Rée—and elaborates his own ... More


From Altruism to Morality

Robin Small

in Nietzsche and Rée: A Star Friendship

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780199278077
eISBN:
9780191602702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199278075.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Examines the moral psychology presented in The Origin of the Moral Sensations. Borrowing from British associationist psychology, Rée maintains that an original valuation of behaviour according to its ... More


Humility and Epistemic Goods

Robert C. Roberts and W. Jay Wood

in Intellectual Virtue: Perspectives from Ethics and Epistemology

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199252732
eISBN:
9780191719288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252732.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Some of the most interesting works in virtue ethics are the detailed, perceptive treatments of specific virtues and vices. This chapter aims to develop such work as it relates to intellectual virtues ... More


At Home and Abroad in Victorian and Edwardian Fiction: From Vanity Fair to The Secret Agent

Patrick Parrinder

in Nation & Novel: The English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199264858
eISBN:
9780191698989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The chapter begins with a summary of the life of William Makepeace Thackeray and how he started writing novels. During his time, he wrote Vanity Fair, based in London, which was the centre of the ... More


Pride and the Pursuit of Applause

Nicholas Hudson

in Samuel Johnson and Eighteenth-Century Thought

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112143
eISBN:
9780191670671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112143.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter discusses vanity as being the basis of the classical philosophy's view of man and virtue. Naturally there were a number of people against this claim, but based on the discussions in this ... More


The Optimistic Lines in Johnson's The Vanity of Human Wishes: [From Notes & Queries 231.1 (March 1986) 99]

Niall Rudd

in The Common Spring: Essays on Latin and English Poetry

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781904675488
eISBN:
9781781385043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675488.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This short note demonstrates that Johnson's reference to his mother Vanity of Human Wishes lines 291-8, have a source in Cicero's On Old Age.


The Vanity of Human Wishes in Context

Howard Erskine-Hill

in Poetry of Opposition and Revolution: Dryden to Wordsworth

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198121770
eISBN:
9780191671296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121770.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The Vanity of Human Wishes is a highly political poem showing a deep concern with the processes of history. It explores two ways in which a state might suddenly change or be ... More


Literary Representations of “the Jew”

Ezra Mendelsohn

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195112030
eISBN:
9780199854608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112030.003.0012
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter reviews three literary texts represented by a Jew. The first and the most famous representation of a Jew in literature was written by John Gross entitled Shylock. Gross maintained that ... More


All Is Not Vanity

Ruth Abbey

in Nietzsche's Middle Period

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195134087
eISBN:
9780199785766
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134087.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Friedrich Nietzsche believes that self-love is a necessary ingredient for healthy individualism. This chapter explores the connections between his conceptions of egoism, self-love, and vanity in the ... More


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