By THIRD EARL OF SHAFTESBURY
This new Liberty Fund version of Characteristicks provides the whole 1732 textual content of this vintage paintings of philosophy and political thought. additionally integrated are devoted reproductions of the stirring engravings that Shaftesbury created to facilitate the reader's attention of his meditations at the interrelationships between fact, goodness, attractiveness, advantage, liberty, accountability, society, and the country. click on the following to view a pattern artwork card. The grandson of a founder and chief of the English Whigs, and tutored via John Locke, Anthony Ashley Cooper, the 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (1671–1713), wrote essentially the most intellectually influential works in English of the eighteenth century. This was once the three-volume Characteristicks, initially released in 1711, yet revised in 1714 to house the engravings of illustrations that Shaftesbury himself carried out to help the reader's attention of his reflections on advantage as one of those rationally accomplished concord one of the affections. broadly considered as the 1st exponent of the view that ethics derives, no longer from cause on my own, yet from "sentiment," Shaftesbury criticizes not just Locke yet, in particular, Hobbes for the dim view that "the kingdom of nature" is "a warfare of all opposed to all." on the contrary, Shaftesbury argued that human nature responds so much absolutely to representations of the great, the genuine, and the gorgeous, and that people certainly hope society. In all of those reflections, he offers a wide scope for the workout of person liberty and accountability. Douglas Den Uyl has for a few years been a Professor of Philosophy at Bellarmine collage, Louisville, and is vice chairman of academic courses for Liberty Fund, Inc.
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A N E S S AY, c. ) what your Fancy was, to express such a surprize as you did the other day, when I happen’d to speak to you in commendation of Raillery. Was it possible you shou’d suppose me so grave a Man, as to dislike all Conversation of Athis kind? Or were you afraid I shou’d not stand the trial, if you put me to it, by making the experiment in my own Case? I must confess, you had reason enough for your Caution; if you cou’d imagine me at the bottom so true a Zealot, as not to bear the least Raillery on my own Opinions.
But I wou’d only ask, Whether there were present, among those hundreds, any one Person, who having never been of their Sect, or addicted to their Way, will give the same Testimony with them? I must not * VOL. III. p. , . & , , .  Sect. .   be contented to ask, Whether such a one had been wholly free of that particular Enthusiasm? but,Whether, before that time, he was esteem’d of so sound a Judgment, and clear a Head, as to be wholly free of Melancholy, and in all likelihood incapable of all Enthusiasm besides?
So that had not the Priests, as is usual, prefer’d the love of Blood to all other Passions, they might in a merrier way, perhaps, have evaded the greatestA Force of our reforming Spirit. I never heard that the antient Heathens were so well advis’d in their ill Purpose of suppressing the Christian Religion in its ﬁrst Rise, as to make use, at any time, of this Bart’lemy-Fair Method. But this I am persuaded of, that had the Truth of the Gospel been any way surmountable, they wou’d have bid much fairer for the silencing it, if they had chosen to bring our primitive Founders upon the Stage in a pleasanter way than that of Bear-Skins and Pitch-Barrels.