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Introduction

Karl Axelsson

Karl Axelsson is Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature at Södertörn University, Sweden. He is also the author of The Sublime: Precursors and British Eighteenth-Century Conceptions (2007) and the Swedish translator and editor of the Third Earl of Shaftesbury’s The Moralists, a Philosophical Rhapsody (2018). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Political Aesthetics : Addison and Shaftesbury on Taste, Morals and Society

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Rethinking a provenance The eighteenth century is the Grand Siècle in the history of Western aesthetics, and British theories of taste are generally claimed to hold the centre stage as the ancestors of modern aesthetic theory. At the heart...

The disposition of taste

Karl Axelsson

Karl Axelsson is Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature at Södertörn University, Sweden. He is also the author of The Sublime: Precursors and British Eighteenth-Century Conceptions (2007) and the Swedish translator and editor of the Third Earl of Shaftesbury’s The Moralists, a Philosophical Rhapsody (2018). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Political Aesthetics : Addison and Shaftesbury on Taste, Morals and Society

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...National unity relies, argues Addison on 6 January 1716, on the ‘secret Suggestions of Nature’, namely a human instinct (F 55; 5). The ramification of such a human disposition is to an equal extent a private and a public virtue...

The perils of the foreign

Karl Axelsson

Karl Axelsson is Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature at Södertörn University, Sweden. He is also the author of The Sublime: Precursors and British Eighteenth-Century Conceptions (2007) and the Swedish translator and editor of the Third Earl of Shaftesbury’s The Moralists, a Philosophical Rhapsody (2018). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Political Aesthetics : Addison and Shaftesbury on Taste, Morals and Society

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Bickerstaff reports, on 18 April 1709, from Will’s coffeehouse in Covent Garden, on received letters, about a celebrated performance of the opera Pyrrhus and Demetrius at the Queen’s Theatre in the Haymarket (T I, 39–40; 4). Originally...

Ethico-emotive pleasures

Karl Axelsson

Karl Axelsson is Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature at Södertörn University, Sweden. He is also the author of The Sublime: Precursors and British Eighteenth-Century Conceptions (2007) and the Swedish translator and editor of the Third Earl of Shaftesbury’s The Moralists, a Philosophical Rhapsody (2018). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Political Aesthetics : Addison and Shaftesbury on Taste, Morals and Society

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...The exemplum about Aurelia and Fulvia abets an understanding of Addison’s pivotal opening essay of the series referred to as the Pleasures of the Imagination, published in the summer of 1712, including what is frequently acknowledged...

Faith and political enthusiasm

Karl Axelsson

Karl Axelsson is Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature at Södertörn University, Sweden. He is also the author of The Sublime: Precursors and British Eighteenth-Century Conceptions (2007) and the Swedish translator and editor of the Third Earl of Shaftesbury’s The Moralists, a Philosophical Rhapsody (2018). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Political Aesthetics : Addison and Shaftesbury on Taste, Morals and Society

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Addison’s theory of taste offers no absconding from theological matters. But apart from the posthumously published apologetic piece Evidences of the Christian Religion (1730), his concern often relates to the subjective and societal ethical...

Coda: Reading Addison and Shaftesbury in the future

Karl Axelsson

Karl Axelsson is Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature at Södertörn University, Sweden. He is also the author of The Sublime: Precursors and British Eighteenth-Century Conceptions (2007) and the Swedish translator and editor of the Third Earl of Shaftesbury’s The Moralists, a Philosophical Rhapsody (2018). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Political Aesthetics : Addison and Shaftesbury on Taste, Morals and Society

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...The modern conspectus of the humanities is not particularly well suited to the major question addressed by this book: should we read eighteenth-century thinkers as our contemporaries, that is, as contributing to contemporary philosophical...

The displacement of political authority

Karl Axelsson

Karl Axelsson is Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature at Södertörn University, Sweden. He is also the author of The Sublime: Precursors and British Eighteenth-Century Conceptions (2007) and the Swedish translator and editor of the Third Earl of Shaftesbury’s The Moralists, a Philosophical Rhapsody (2018). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Political Aesthetics : Addison and Shaftesbury on Taste, Morals and Society

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...At the heart of eighteenth-century aesthetic theory lingers the question of how a subjective experience of, say, reading Paradise Lost or mesmerizingly viewing the ‘verdure of the Grass, the Embroidery of the Flowrs, and the Glistring...

Aurelia and Fulvia

Karl Axelsson

Karl Axelsson is Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature at Södertörn University, Sweden. He is also the author of The Sublime: Precursors and British Eighteenth-Century Conceptions (2007) and the Swedish translator and editor of the Third Earl of Shaftesbury’s The Moralists, a Philosophical Rhapsody (2018). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Political Aesthetics : Addison and Shaftesbury on Taste, Morals and Society

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...At the mercy of man, modern society is to Addison a delicate artifice: it can be strong and resilient, or weak and vulnerable. Furthermore, economic prosperity, morality, and peace, or exposure to political disorder, immorality...

Britain and the new classicism

Karl Axelsson

Karl Axelsson is Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature at Södertörn University, Sweden. He is also the author of The Sublime: Precursors and British Eighteenth-Century Conceptions (2007) and the Swedish translator and editor of the Third Earl of Shaftesbury’s The Moralists, a Philosophical Rhapsody (2018). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Political Aesthetics : Addison and Shaftesbury on Taste, Morals and Society

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Men of letters showed a remarkable creativity in their eagerness to enquire into possible ties between Britain and the classical world of Rome and Greece. Such a creativity was often caught up in rediscovering political and artistic...