The Waning of the Renaissance 1640–1740

Studies in the Thought and Poetry of Henry More, John Norris and Isaac Watts

  • Authors
  • John Hoyles

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. The Source: Henry More

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John Hoyles
      Pages 12-28
    3. John Hoyles
      Pages 29-44
    4. John Hoyles
      Pages 65-72
  3. The Verge: John Norris

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. John Hoyles
      Pages 75-78
    3. John Hoyles
      Pages 79-91
    4. John Hoyles
      Pages 92-110
    5. John Hoyles
      Pages 111-121
    6. John Hoyles
      Pages 122-139
  4. The Result: Isaac Watts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. John Hoyles
      Pages 149-163
    3. John Hoyles
      Pages 164-174
    4. John Hoyles
      Pages 175-189
    5. John Hoyles
      Pages 190-198
    6. John Hoyles
      Pages 199-212
    7. John Hoyles
      Pages 213-232
    8. John Hoyles
      Pages 233-250
  5. Conclusion

    1. John Hoyles
      Pages 251-251
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 252-265

About this book


It is not always easy to maintain a proper balance between the delineation of cultural development within a given literary field and the claims of practical criticism. And yet if the history of ideas is to be more than a pastime for the student of literature, it must be rooted in the precise art of discrimination. The following chapters attempt to describe and evaluate a particular cultural development by relating the background of ideas to the literary achievement of three writers. It will be sufficient here to out­ line the nature of the problem, and the method and approach employed. The concept of cultural development implies a recognition of the con­ nections between ideology and aesthetics. There are at least two ways of exploring such connections. The one, pioneered by Basil Willey, seeks to situate the critical moments of our cultural development in the back­ ground of ideas, without which the contribution of a particular author cannot be justly evaluated. The danger of such an approach is that the task of discrimination comes to depend over-heavily on extra-literary criteria.


15th century Artes Henry More Plato Renaissance René Descartes aesthetics enlightenment

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1971
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3010-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-3008-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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