Jonathan Swift and Philosophy

Jonathan Swift and Philosophy

This book explores the rich philosophical content of the writings of Jonathan Swift.

Author: Janelle Pötzsch

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498521543

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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This book explores the rich philosophical content of the writings of Jonathan Swift. It discusses these philosophical topics against their ideengeschichtliche background and demonstrates that Swift’s work offers starting points for philosophical reflection that are still topical today.
Categories: Philosophy

Jonathan Swift and the Millennium of Madness

Jonathan Swift and the Millennium of Madness

Craven's interdisciplinary findings reveal Swift's dismembering of the consolidated legacy of Paracelsus, Bacon, Milton, Newton, Locke, Toland, and Shaftesbury.

Author: Craven

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004246799

Category: History

Page: 251

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This provocative new view of intellectual history probes the scientific millenarian myth directing twentieth-century learning. Craven's interdisciplinary findings reveal Swift's dismembering of the consolidated legacy of Paracelsus, Bacon, Milton, Newton, Locke, Toland, and Shaftesbury.
Categories: History

The Unthinkable Swift

The Unthinkable Swift

Historically and philosophically informed, The Unthinkable Swift contributes not only to our understanding of a seminal figure in English literary history but also to the study of historical ideologies, in particular the once dominant ...

Author: Warren Montag

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 1859840000

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 174

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No major figure of the English Augustan period has generated stronger and more contradictory views than Jonathan Swift. Scourge of the Whig ascendancy in his own day, vilified by the Victorians, celebrated by Yeats, he has in recent years become a significant bone of contention for prominent figures on the left like E.P. Thompson and Perry Anderson. In this highly original and subtle new study, Warren Montag situates Swift in relation to the ideological and political currents of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.in particular to what Montag perspicaciously identifies as the long crisis of the British state. Swift.s perspective, he argues, was determined less by his personality or psychology than by his position as an Anglican cleric. The church, an instrument of the Tudor and Stuart absolutist state, lapsed into institutional and ideological crisis after the Stuart.s fall. In Montag.s view, Swift.s writings were a defense of this increasingly indefensible institution. Swift employed satire because only in the negative representations of this literary form could the now effectively .unthinkable. doctrines of the Church be made to appear. Opening with a historical survey of the crisis of English absolutism and the Anglican Church, Montag then gives a definitive account of the specific conflicts in philosophy against which Swift.s Anglican orthodoxy was aligned. Detailed examinations of Swift.s two prose masterpieces, A Tale of a Tub and Gulliver.s Travels, follow. Historically and philosophically informed, The Unthinkable Swift contributes not only to our understanding of a seminal figure in English literary history but also to the study of historical ideologies, in particular the once dominant religious tradition at the dawn of the first modern capitalist state.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Political Philosophy in Gulliver s Travels

Political Philosophy in Gulliver   s Travels

This book analyzes Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels from a political philosophy perspective.

Author: Lloyd W. Robertson

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 303098852X

Category: Political Science

Page: 211

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This book analyzes Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels from a political philosophy perspective. When authors have focused on politics in Swift’s writings, this has usually meant a study of how Swift located himself on issues of his day such as church and state, and Ireland. Robertson claims by contrast that Gulliver’s Travels is fundamentally a book about the “ancients” (e.g. Plato, Aristotle), and the “moderns” (science and technology), and their contrasting views about the human condition. The claim that the Travels is “a kind of prolegomena” to political philosophy leaves open the possibility that it does not achieve, or seek to achieve, a fusion of various teachings but rather uses the device of alien societies to point us to uncomfortable aspects of political philosophy’s “larger questions” we are prone to ignore. Swift, Robertson argues, draws our attention to some version of the classical republic, as idealized in Aristotle’s political writings and in Plato’s Republic, as opposed to a modern regime which, at its best or most intellectual, emphasizes modern science and technology in combination as a way to improve the human condition.
Categories: Political Science

Jonathan Edwards s Philosophy of Nature

Jonathan Edwards s Philosophy of Nature

149 d) Swift against the “New Systems of Nature” The triumph of the Newtonian philosophy of nature was denied by many in England. The statesman, essayist, and the patron of Jonathan Swift, Sir William Temple (1628–1699) wrote: Our ...

Author: Avihu Zakai

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567070951

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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Jonathan Edwards's Philosophy of Nature: The Re-Enchantment of the World in the Age of Scientific Reasoning analyses the works of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) on natural philosophy in a series of contexts within which they may best be explored and understood. Its aim is to place Edwards's writings on natural philosophy in the broad historical, theological and scientific context of a wide variety of religious responses to the rise of modern science in the early modern period - John Donne's reaction to the new astronomical philosophy of Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo, as well as to Francis Bacon's new natural philosophy; Blaise Pascal's response to Descartes' mechanical philosophy; the reactions to Newtonian science and finally Jonathan Edwards's response to the scientific culture and imagination of his time.
Categories: Religion

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

If life took its colour and its pattern from the philosophy of Swift as that philosophy finds embodiment in his ideal king and in his ideal creatures , how insipid would it become , how torpid , how inglorious ! Swift's philosophy is ...

Author: John Churton Collins

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015078568840

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Page: 280

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Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

If life took its colour and its pattern from the philosophy of Swift as that philosophy finds embodiment in his ideal king and in his ideal creatures, how insipid would it become, how torpid, how inglorious! Swift's philosophy is indeed ...

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781604134346

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 207

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Presents articles that critically analyze the author and his works, focusing on interpretations of Swift from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Gulliver s Travels Jonathan Swift New Edition

Gulliver s Travels   Jonathan Swift  New Edition

To resolve the issue of Swift's attitude to Newton's natural philosophy we must ultimately turn to two, often quoted episodes in the Travels. When Gulliver visits Glubbdubdrib, the island of necromancers, the ghost of Aristotle predicts ...

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438113906

Category: Imaginary societies in literature

Page: 256

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Presents a collection of essays analyzing Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's travels, including a chronology of the author's works and life.
Categories: Imaginary societies in literature

Jonathan Swift and Popular Culture Myth Media and the Man

Jonathan Swift and Popular Culture Myth  Media and the Man

A fascinating look at print culture, the commodification of the author, and the history of popular culture, this book should provoke lots of discussion.

Author: A. Kelly

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137082640

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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Ann Kelly's provocative book breaks the mold of Swift studies. Twentieth century Swift scholars have tended to assess Jonathan Swift as a pillar of the eighteenth-century 'republic of letter', a conservative, even reactionary voice upholding classical values against the welling tide of popularization in literature. Kelly looks at Swift instead as a practical exponent of the popular and impressario of the literary image. She argues that Swift turned his back on the elite to write for a popular audience, and that he annexed scandals to his fictionalized print alter ego, creating a continual demand for works by or about this self-mythologized figure. A fascinating look at print culture, the commodification of the author, and the history of popular culture, this book should provoke lots of discussion.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Works of Jonathan Swift

The Works of Jonathan Swift

... Tracts, and Poems Not Hitherto Published; with Notes, and a Life of the Author Jonathan Swift, Walter Scott ... It is intended to ridicule the pursuits of philosophy , as the two first voyages were levelled against the government of ...

Author: Jonathan Swift

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ISBN: MINN:31951002361672M

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