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Defending Political Theory After Burke: Stewart's Intellectual Disciplines and the Demotion of Practice

Defending Political Theory After Burke: Stewart's Intellectual Disciplines and the Demotion... <p>Abstract:</p><p>To subject politics to "theory," "metaphysics," or "speculation" was disreputable in 1790s Britain, owing largely to the success of Edmund Burke&apos;s <i>Reflections on the Revolution in France</i> (1790), which linked these practices with enthusiasm. This fact is well established, but less studied are the means by which those committed to these forms of inquiry defended their intellectual conduct. Dugald Stewart&apos;s <i>Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Mind</i> (1792) was a pedagogical text that instructed the Scottish elite on how to govern their faculties; it was also a riposte to Burkean prudence, portraying the veneration of practice as theoretically naive.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the History of Ideas University of Pennsylvania Press

Defending Political Theory After Burke: Stewart&apos;s Intellectual Disciplines and the Demotion of Practice

Journal of the History of Ideas , Volume 80 (3) – Jul 17, 2019

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>To subject politics to "theory," "metaphysics," or "speculation" was disreputable in 1790s Britain, owing largely to the success of Edmund Burke&apos;s <i>Reflections on the Revolution in France</i> (1790), which linked these practices with enthusiasm. This fact is well established, but less studied are the means by which those committed to these forms of inquiry defended their intellectual conduct. Dugald Stewart&apos;s <i>Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Mind</i> (1792) was a pedagogical text that instructed the Scottish elite on how to govern their faculties; it was also a riposte to Burkean prudence, portraying the veneration of practice as theoretically naive.</p>

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Journal of the History of IdeasUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Jul 17, 2019

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