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" A Man Of Moderate Passions": Fashioning An Enlightened Self

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Reading was at all times contingent not simply on the ability and application of the individual reader, but was also guided - especially in the eighteenth century, with the rise of Enlightened literary criticism and Addisonian politeness - by a range of external cultural forces that had a vested interest in shaping its intellectual outcomes. This chapter looks more systematically at contemporary responses to the books of the Scottish Enlightenment, paying close attention to precisely what was involved when readers encountered one of the celebrated philosophical or historical books of the Scottish Enlightenment. By analysing the procedures adopted by readers in making sense of these books, one can hope to reconstruct the relationships that developed between books and their readers, the impact they had on people's beliefs, values and habits of mind, and ultimately the Enlightenment's contribution to the construction of personal identities.

Keywords: Addisonian politeness; historical books; Scottish Enlightenment



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