Abstract

This article considers the way in which particular trends in eighteenth-century philology and philosophy were reassessed and re-evaluated in the early nineteenth century, and the main focus falls upon William Hazlitt's various responses to the linguistic theorizing of well-known political radical John Horne Tooke. The primary intention is to elucidate the manner in which some of Hazlitt's linguistic and philosophical preoccupations developed in direct response to particular dominant trends in late eighteenth-century philological thought, and it will be argued that, although he sometimes appears to express contradictory views concerning the work of Horne Tooke, a careful assessment of his writings suggests that he consistently responded to the latter's etymological speculations in a coherent, if complex, manner.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 61-90
Launched on MUSE
2008-10-10
Open Access
No
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