Towards Pluralism: Oxford Teaching and Natural Law: 1870–77

  • Graham A. MacDonald


Appointed to the new Slade Professorship of Art at Oxford in 1870, Ruskin’s lectures influenced a range of young intellectuals destined to become prominent in politics, the empire and the arts. In 1871, he relocated to the Lake District and commenced work on ideas for a back-to-the-land movement, promoted in his monthly series of multi-faceted Letters to the Working Men of England. These revealed his renewed attention to the works of Plato and the influence of non-Christian religions on his natural law views. By 1878 the legal requirements of his social experiment, The Guild of St. George, were met. The literary performances were uneven, complicated by emotional breakdowns.


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