Download e-book for kindle: Idleness, Contemplation and the Aesthetic, 1750–1830 by Richard Adelman

By Richard Adelman

Reconstructing the literary and philosophical response to Adam Smith's dictum that guy is a labouring animal above and earlier than all else, this research explores the numerous ways that Romantic writers provided idle contemplation because the crucial task in human lifestyles. by means of contrasting the British reaction to Smith's political economic system with that of up to date German Idealists, Richard Adelman additionally makes use of this attention of the significance of idleness to Romantic aesthetics to chart the advance of a tremendously British idealism within the final many years of the eighteenth century. Exploring the paintings of Adam Smith, Jeremy Bentham, Friedrich Schiller, William Cowper, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary Wollstonecraft and lots of in their contemporaries, this research pinpoints a debate over human task and power occurring among 1750 and 1830, and considers its social and political effects for the cultural conception of the early 19th century.

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