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Austen's Oughts: Judgment After Locke and Shafterbury
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The world is all over Austen's novels: what ought to be done, what one ought to say, how one ought to feel (versus how one does feel). When Austen's characters employ an ought, the delicate oscillation between first- and third-person perspectives that marks her prose leads the reader to distinguish between what they say, and what they ought, according to a morally idealized, third-person calculus, to mean. But what is the context of this ought? This book situates the disinterested, reflective appeal to moral principle invoked - ironically or otherwise - in Austen's oughts within the history of thought about judgement in the British eighteenth century. Beginning with Shaftesbury's critique of Locke's account of judgement, successive readings explore the emphasis on disinterest in works by David Hume, Adam Smith, Samuel Richardson, and Sir Joshua Reynolds alongside discussions of Jane Austen's major novels.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800 Publisher: Associated University Presses Publication Date: 01/04/2010 ISBN-13: 9780874130829  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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