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The age of reasons : quixotism, sentimentalism, and political economy in eighteenth-century Britain

Author: Wendy Motooka
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1998.
Series: Routledge studies in social and political thought, 12.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Age of Reasons reads Don Quixote as a parodic example of eighteenth-century "reason." Reason was supposed to be universally compelling, yet it was also thought to be empirically derived. Quixotic figures satirize these assumptions by appearing to be utterly insane, while reproducing the conditions of universal rationality: they staunchly believe that reason is universal, that it can be confirmed by experience,
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Adam Smith; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Adam Smith
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Motooka
ISBN: 0415179416 9780415179416
OCLC Number: 37902405
Description: xiii, 282 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the quixotic problem --
1. Turning authority into jest: tyrants, pedants, quixotes and enthusiasts in the early eighteenth century --
2. Common sense, moral sense and nonsense: sentimentalism and the empirical study of invisible things --
3. Coming to a bad end: sentimentalism, The Female Quixote and the power of interest --
4. Seeing the general view: Henry Fielding and quixotic authorship --
5. De gustibus non est disputandum: Tristram Shandy and "the production of a rational Being" --
6. Laying down the general rule: Adam Smith, impartial spectators and the philosopher's trade --
Epilogue: "The grandsons of Adam Smith."
Series Title: Routledge studies in social and political thought, 12.
Responsibility: Wendy Motooka.
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