Radical Sensibility: Literature and Ideas in the 1790s

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"Radical Sensibility" provides a detailed account of the interrelations of literature, ideas and history in the 18th century. This study looks at sensibility as a site of ideological conflict in the 1790s, and asks why a concept so crucial to progressive humanitarianism disappeared so suddenly in the years which followed. Chris Jones traces a continuity of ideas from Shaftesbury to Godwin and Wollstonecraft and sets it beside a conservative tradition established in the work of Hume and Adam Smith. As a guide to the ...

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