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Hazlitt and the Reach of Sense: Criticism, Morals, and the Metaphysics of Power

Uttara Natarajan


The ‘only pretension, of which I am tenacious,’ declares William Hazlitt in The Plain Speaker, ‘is that of being a metaphysician’; yet up till now his metaphysics, and particularly what is here identified as his ‘power principle’, have not been examined in detail. This book identifies the metaphysical Hazlitt within the other and better-known Hazlitt, long acknowledged as a master of ‘the familiar style’ and more recently celebrated for the fierceness and intensity of his political prose. Studying his development of the power principle as a counter to the pleasure principle of the Utilitarians ... More

Keywords: William Hazlitt, The Plain Speaker, metaphysics, Utilitarians, imaginative structure, theory of genius, moral theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184379
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184379.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Uttara Natarajan, author
University of Liverpool