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John Ruskin's Politics and Natural Law

An Intellectual Biography

Authors: MacDonald, Graham

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  • Offers a revisionist intellectual biography of John Ruskin
  • Investigates the role of late medieval and pre-Enlightenment thought in Ruskin’s religious and political ideas
  • Appeals to scholars of Victorian studies, political philosophy, intellectual history, and medieval and Renaissance history
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This book offers new perspectives on the origins and development of John Ruskin’s political thought. Graham A. MacDonald traces the influence of late medieval and pre-Enlightenment thought in Ruskin’s writing, reintroducing readers to Ruskin’s politics as shaped through his engagement with concepts of natural law, legal rights, labour and welfare organization. From Ruskin’s youthful studies of geology and chemistry to his back-to-the-land project, the Guild of St. George, he emerges as a complex political thinker, a reformer—and what we would recognize today as an environmentalist. John Ruskin’s Politics and Natural Law is a nuanced reappraisal of neglected areas of Ruskin’s thought.

About the authors

Graham A. MacDonald has worked as a teacher, librarian, park planner, heritage consultant andhistorian.  Between 1991 and 2001 he was National Park Historian for Parks Canada, Western Region. He is the author of numerous books and articles. 

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“In this major new interpretation, Graham MacDonald recovers the centrality of natural law to Ruskin’s understanding of ethics and history. The book presents a dazzlingly erudite survey not just of Ruskin’s intellectual biography, but the whole universe of influences that shaped his work.” (Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, Associate Professor of British History, The University of Chicago, USA)

“In this solidly researched study, MacDonald expertly teases out the implications of Ruskin’s ideas through a close reading of Ruskin’s voluminous writings, framing them within their intellectual and historical context. He astutely concludes that Ruskin’s concerns about natural law, environmental stewardship, and the costs of limitless economic growth resonate in our own times.” (Donald G. Wetherell, Professor Emeritus of Heritage Resources Management, Athabasca University, Canada)

“MacDonald’s focus on the importance of natural law to Ruskin’s work is long overdue, and underlines the complex range of influences on the formation of Ruskin’s political outlook.” (Mark Frost, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Portsmouth, UK)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-72281-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72280-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-10181-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
John Ruskin's Politics and Natural Law
Book Subtitle
An Intellectual Biography
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-72281-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-72281-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-72280-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-10181-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 276
Number of Illustrations
23 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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