Shaftesbury and the Culture of Politeness
Moral Discourse and Cultural Politics in Early Eighteenth-century England
By (author) Lawrence E. Klein
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Shaftesbury and the Culture of Politeness by Lawrence E. Klein
Book DescriptionThe third Earl of Shaftesbury was a pivotal figure in eighteenth-century thought and culture. Professor Klein's study is the first to examine the extensive Shaftesbury manuscripts and offer an interpretation of his diverse writings as an attempt to comprehend contemporary society and politics and, in particular, to offer a legitimation for the new Whig political order established after 1688. As the focus of Shaftesbury's thinking was the idea of politeness, this study involves the first serious examination of the importance of the idea of politeness in the eighteenth century for thinking about society and culture and organising cultural practices. Through politeness, Shaftesbury conceptualised a new kind of public and critical culture for Britain and Europe, and greatly influenced the philosophical and cultural models associated with the European Enlightenment.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521607520
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lawrence E. Klein
Shaftesbury: Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times, Hardback (January 2000)
This book, first published in 2000, presents an edition of one of the most important texts of the Enlightenment.
Shaftesbury and the Culture of Politeness, Hardback (February 1994)» View all books by Lawrence E. Klein
A study of the social and political thought of the third Earl of Shaftesbury, a pivotal figure in eighteenth-century thought and culture.
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