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The Resource Scepticism and literature : an essay on Pope, Hume, Sterne, and Johnson, Fred Parker

Scepticism and literature : an essay on Pope, Hume, Sterne, and Johnson, Fred Parker

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Scepticism and literature : an essay on Pope, Hume, Sterne, and Johnson
Title
Scepticism and literature
Title remainder
an essay on Pope, Hume, Sterne, and Johnson
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Fred Parker
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Language
eng
Summary
"'The more we enquire, the less we can resolve, ' wrote Johnson. Scepticism - a reasoned emphasis on the severe limitations of rationality - would seem to undermine the grounds of belief and action. But in some of the best eighteenth-century literature, a theoretically paralysing critique of the pretensions of reason, precept, and language went hand in hand with a vigorous intellectual, moral, and linguistic confidence. To realize philosophical scepticism as literature was effectively to transform it. Dr. Parker traces the presence of this life-giving irony in works by Pope, Hume, Sterne, and Johnson, discusses its source in Locke and its inspiration in Montaigne, and relates it more broadly to the social self-consciousness of eighteenth-century culture. The argument serves as a reminder that radical scepticism is not the invention of the late twentieth century, and that its strategies and implications have never been more interestingly explored than in the eighteenth."--Jacket
Cataloging source
UKM
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1956-
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Parker, G. F.
Dewey number
820.9005
Index
index present
LC call number
PR448.S53
LC item number
P37 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Pope, Alexander
  • Hume, David
  • Sterne, Laurence
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Skepticism in literature
  • English literature
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Scepticism and literature : an essay on Pope, Hume, Sterne, and Johnson, Fred Parker
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Rational ignorance and sceptical thinking -- Just supposing: Locke's Essay concerning human understanding -- 'Sworn to no master': Pope's scepticism in the Epistle to Bolingbroke and An essay on man -- Innocence and simulation in the scepticism of Hume -- Tristram Shandy: singularity and the single life -- Johnson's conclusiveness
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ocm52830237
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 290 pages
Isbn
9780199253180
Lccn
2004298260
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)52830237
Label
Scepticism and literature : an essay on Pope, Hume, Sterne, and Johnson, Fred Parker
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Rational ignorance and sceptical thinking -- Just supposing: Locke's Essay concerning human understanding -- 'Sworn to no master': Pope's scepticism in the Epistle to Bolingbroke and An essay on man -- Innocence and simulation in the scepticism of Hume -- Tristram Shandy: singularity and the single life -- Johnson's conclusiveness
Control code
ocm52830237
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 290 pages
Isbn
9780199253180
Lccn
2004298260
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)52830237

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