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John Ruskin's Politics and Natural Law


John Ruskin's Politics and Natural Law

An Intellectual Biography

von: Graham A. MacDonald

103,52 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 14.02.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9783319722818
Sprache: englisch

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This book offers new perspectives on the origins and development of John Ruskin’s political thought. Graham A. MacDonald traces the influence of late medieval and pre-Enlightenment thought in Ruskin’s writing, reintroducing readers to Ruskin’s politics as shaped through his engagement with concepts of natural law, legal rights, labour and welfare organization. From Ruskin’s youthful studies of geology and chemistry to his back-to-the-land project, the Guild of St. George, he emerges as a complex political thinker, a reformer—and what we would recognize today as an environmentalist. John Ruskin’s Politics and Natural Law is a nuanced reappraisal of neglected areas of Ruskin’s thought.
1. Introduction2. The Wine Merchant's Son: Ruskin's Discovery of the World3. Art, Morality and the Fate of Nations: 1848–18534. On the Moral Disorder of Victorian England: From Art to Political Economy: 1853–18635. Wealth, Justice and the Medieval Poor Law: 1864–18706. Towards Pluralism: Oxford and Natural Law: 1870–18777. Easing towards 'a Vast Policy': Establishing the Guild of St. George8. The Condition of Political Virtue: Cooperative Individualism and Civil Association
Graham A. MacDonald has worked as a teacher, librarian, park planner, heritage consultant andhistorian.  Between 1991 and 2001 he was National Park Historian for Parks Canada, Western Region. He is the author of numerous books and articles. 
This book offers new perspectives on the origins and development of John Ruskin’s political thought. Graham A. MacDonald traces the influence of late medieval and pre-Enlightenment thought in Ruskin’s writing, reintroducing readers to Ruskin’s politics as shaped through his engagement with concepts of natural law, legal rights, labour and welfare organization. From Ruskin’s youthful studies of geology and chemistry to his back-to-the-land project, the Guild of St. George, he emerges as a complex political thinker, a reformer—and what we would recognize today as an environmentalist. John Ruskin’s Politics and Natural Law is a nuanced reappraisal of neglected areas of Ruskin’s thought.
Offers a revisionist intellectual biography of John Ruskin Investigates the role of late medieval and pre-Enlightenment thought in Ruskin’s religious and political ideas Appeals to scholars of Victorian studies, political philosophy, intellectual history, and medieval and Renaissance history
“In this major new interpretation, Graham MacDonald recovers the centrality of natural law to Ruskin’s understanding of ethics and history. The book presents a dazzlingly erudite survey not just of Ruskin’s intellectual biography, but the whole universe of influences that shaped his work.” (Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, Associate Professor of British History, The University of Chicago, USA)“In this solidly researched study, MacDonald expertly teases out the implications of Ruskin’s ideas through a close reading of Ruskin’s voluminous writings, framing them within their intellectual and historical context. He astutely concludes that Ruskin’s concerns about natural law, environmental stewardship, and the costs of limitless economic growth resonate in our own times.” (Donald G. Wetherell, Professor Emeritus of Heritage Resources Management, Athabasca University, Canada)

“MacDonald’s focus on the importance of natural law to Ruskin’s work is long overdue, and underlines the complex range of influences on the formation of Ruskin’s political outlook.” (Mark Frost, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Portsmouth, UK)

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