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The Invention of Altruism: Making Moral Meanings in Victorian Britain

Thomas Dixon

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264263
eISBN:
9780191734816
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264263.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

‘Altruism’ was coined by the French sociologist Auguste Comte in the early 1850s as a theoretical term in his ‘cerebral theory’ and as the central ideal of his atheistic ‘Religion of Humanity’. This ... More


Moral Disciplines

Boyd Hilton

in Liberty and Authority in Victorian Britain

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199271337
eISBN:
9780191699511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271337.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

It is impossible to define Victorian morality or Victorian values with any precision, if only because the Queen's reign was an extremely long one. This chapter focuses on the mid-Victorian period of ... More


Sexual Progressives: Reimagining Intimacy in Scotland, 1880-1914

Tanya Cheadle

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781526125255
eISBN:
9781526152060
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526125262
Subject:
History, Social History

This book provides the first group portrait of the late Victorian and Edwardian feminists and socialists who campaigned against the moral conservatism of Victorian Scotland. They include Bella and ... More


Introduction

Tanya Cheadle

in Sexual Progressives: Reimagining Intimacy in Scotland, 1880-1914

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781526125255
eISBN:
9781526152060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526125262.00005
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter introduces Scotland’s sexual progressives as part of a loosely aligned collective of radicals from across Britain intent on reforming conventional codes of sexual morality, at a time of ... More


Individualist thrift: Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Smiles and Victorian moralism

Alison Hulme

in A Brief History of Thrift

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781526128836
eISBN:
9781526146724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526128843.00010
Subject:
Economics and Finance, History of Economic Thought

Looks at the secularization of thrift through the influence of Benjamin Franklin, and his belief that one can work one’s way into heaven; in other words that salvation can be earned. Explores ... More


Sex, Abortion, and Prostitution in the Lives of Gilded Age Chicago Girls

Mary Linehan

in Children and Youth During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479894147
eISBN:
9781479804078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479894147.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter explores issues of sex, abortion, and prostitution in the lives of girls in Chicago during the Gilded Age. In the late nineteenth century, some Chicago girls aged between twelve and ... More


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