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History of English Thought in the Eighteenth Century (Volume 2) (Paperback) Loot Price: R421
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History of English Thought in the Eighteenth Century (Volume 2) (Paperback): Leslie Stephen
History of English Thought in the Eighteenth Century (Volume 2) (Paperback): Leslie Stephen

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History of English Thought in the Eighteenth Century (Volume 2) (Paperback)

Leslie Stephen

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ... eyes by its many defects, had it not been necessary to attack with his whole force some of the short-sighted and selfish men who were using its shelter for their own contemptible purposes. 107. The ideal aristocracy of his imagination was a body whose privileges rested on the sacred right of' prescription;' 1 Burke, viii. 49. not in the sense that its existence justified itself, but that it was the spontaneous result of the free play of social forces through many generations. The rulers of the country would be the men who enjoyed the greatest social influence, and whose high cultivation and delicate sense of honour would enable them to wield it in the highest interests of the nation. It would be responsible to public opinion, not in the sense that its power would be dependent on every breath of popular favour, but as being acutely sensitive to every imputation of unfairness or corruption, and too proud to stifle the criticisms of its inferiors. It would be divided into parties; but their bond of union would be a community of political principle, not a common desire for place and profit. To this ideal, he thought, the English constitution approximated in its best moments, though it was constantly tending to degenerate under various uncongenial influences. 'Our constitution, ' he says, in a passage where, for once, he descends towards the Delolme level of thought, 'stands on a nice equipoise, with sharp precipices and deep waters on all sides of it. In removing it from a dangerous leaning towards one side, there may be a danger of oversetting it on the other.'1 The danger, in fact, was twofold, though the imaginary equipoise suggests an inaccurate analogy. The aristocracy might become a close corporation on a large scale, and either develop...


Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: April 2013
First published: April 2013
Authors: Leslie Stephen
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 9mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 172
ISBN-13: 978-1-152-30366-9
Barcode: 9781152303669
Categories: Promotions
Books > Humanities > History
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LSN: 1-152-30366-X

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