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Professor Sachs shows the inner coherence of Samuel Johnson's thought by pointing out the interconnectedness of his remarks on religious, moral, aesthetic, political, and psychological subjects. Reason and imagination, the central concepts in the Johnsonian ethos, are elucidated with reference to "vacuity," "attention," "novelty," "diversity," and other words to which Johnson attached special significance. Johnson emerges as an original thinker of the English Christian-humanist heritage; he "is to be read in the same spirit as Pascal." Primarily concerned with the relation between Johnson's ideas and the long tradition of which they are the culmination, Sachs also emphasizes the relevance of Johnson's thought to the twentieth century.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title
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  1. Frontispiece
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Half Title 2
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  1. One: The Vacuity of Life
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  1. Two: Cosmic Hierarchy
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  1. Three: The Art of Forgetfulness
  2. pp. 41-51
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  1. Four: Idle Solitude and Diabolical Imagination
  2. pp. 53-65
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  1. Five: The General and Particular
  2. pp. 67-89
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  1. Six: The Folly of Utopia
  2. pp. 91-108
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  1. Seven: The Rationality of Faith
  2. pp. 109-118
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  1. Abbreviations in Notes
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421435411
Related ISBN
9781421435404
MARC Record
OCLC
1082255950
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-26
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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