Introduction: Classicism and the Enlightenment

  • John Hoyles
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas/ Archives internationales d’histoire des ideés book series (ARCH, volume 39)


The value of interpreting the work of More and Norris in relation to such problematic terms as Metaphysical, Classical and Romantic on the one hand, and Renaissance, Enlightenment and Modern on the other, depends largely on assigning some meaning to the middle term in each of these series of abstractions. Since the field of inquiry is principally that of religious lyricism, there can be little difficulty about choosing the work of Isaac Watts as the embodiment of both classical aesthetics and the English Enlightenment.


Middle Term Distinct Idea Word Sentiment Social Degree Axiomatic Truth 
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  1. 3.
    Samuel Johnson, “Life of Watts,” Lives of the Poets (2 vols.; London: Oxford University Press, 1906), II, 384.Google Scholar
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    Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Profession de foi du vicaire savoyard ( Paris: J. J. Pauvert. 1964 ), p. 130.Google Scholar

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