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The Resource Regulating confusion : Samuel Johnson and the crowd, Thomas Reinert

Regulating confusion : Samuel Johnson and the crowd, Thomas Reinert

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Regulating confusion : Samuel Johnson and the crowd
Title
Regulating confusion
Title remainder
Samuel Johnson and the crowd
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Reinert
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
With the urbanization of eighteenth-century English Society, moral philosophers became preoccupied with the difference between individual and crowd behavior. In so doing, they set the stage for a form of political thought divorced from traditional moral reflection. In Regulating Confusion Thomas Reinert places Samuel Johnson in the context of this development and investigates Johnson's relation to an emerging modernity. Ambivalent about the disruption, confusion, perplexity, and boundless variety apparent in the London of his day, Johnson was committed to the conventions of moral reflection but also troubled by the pressure to adopt the perspective of the crowd and the language of social theory. Regulating Confusion explores the consequences of his ambivalence and his attempt to order the chaos. It discusses his critique of moral generalizations, concept of moral reflection as a symbolic gesture, and account of what happens to the notion of character when individuals, having lost the support of moral convention, become faces in a crowd. Reflecting generally on the relationship between skepticism and political ideology, Reinert also discusses Johnson's political skepticism and the forms of speculation and action it authorized. Challenging prevalent psychologizing and humanistic interpretations, Regulating Confusion leaves behind the re-emergent view of Johnson as a reactionary ideologue and presents him in a theoretically sophisticated context. It offers his style of skepticism as a model of poise in the face of confusion about the nature of political truth and personal responsibility and demonstrates his value as a resource for students of culture struggling with contemporary debates about the relationship between literature and politics
Cataloging source
DCC
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Reinert, Thomas
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3537.P6
LC item number
R44 1996
Nature of contents
abstracts summaries
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  • Literature and society
  • Social ethics
  • Collective behavior in literature
  • Social ethics in literature
  • Crowds in literature
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Johnson, Samuel
Label
Regulating confusion : Samuel Johnson and the crowd, Thomas Reinert
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-188) and index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-188) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The desire for fame -- Periodical moralizing -- The vanity of human wishes -- Exemplary self-sacrifice -- Probability and conjecture -- Conclusion
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
vii, 195 p.
Isbn
9780822317173
Lccn
lc95032412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Regulating confusion : Samuel Johnson and the crowd, Thomas Reinert
Publication
Note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-188) and index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-188) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The desire for fame -- Periodical moralizing -- The vanity of human wishes -- Exemplary self-sacrifice -- Probability and conjecture -- Conclusion
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
vii, 195 p.
Isbn
9780822317173
Lccn
lc95032412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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