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Hazlitt and the Reach of SenseCriticism, Morals, and the Metaphysics of Power$
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Uttara Natarajan

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184379.001.0001

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Essays Political and Familiar Two Aspects of Hazlitt's Ideal

Essays Political and Familiar Two Aspects of Hazlitt's Ideal

(p.166) 5 Essays Political and Familiar Two Aspects of Hazlitt's Ideal
Hazlitt and the Reach of Sense

Uttara Natarajan

Oxford University Press

This chapter returns to Hazlitt's writings characterized as ‘familiar style’. It discusses that his idealism is no less practical than it is theoretical; it moulds both his political beliefs and his practice as a writer. In his political writings, the idea is expressed in the merging of passion and abstraction in the innate power of the individual, pitted against the arbitrary power of tyranny. It notes that in his method as a conversational essayist, one can decipher Hazlitt's own attempt to translate the ideal into practice.

Keywords:   familiar style, idealism, political beliefs, political writings, power

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