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From Natural Law to Natural Rights

  • R. S. White

Abstract

Some decades stand out as historical crucibles where ideas are forged, ferociously contested, and emerge over time as a paradigm, an orthodoxy. The struggle for and against such an idea can be observed in all aspects of philosophy, politics and culture. The 1790s in England were such a decade. Natural rights, evolving from natural law and later to become human rights, was just such an idea, and literature was one powerful forge where the idea was tested through the creative imagination and transferred to popular consciousness. Among the results were new and more egalitarian ways of thinking about society, far-reaching political reforms, and the birth of new forms of literature and the movement we call romanticism.

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Eighteenth Century French Revolution Slave Trade Creative Imagination Romantic Movement 
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