By Julia Stapleton
The definition of "Englishness" has turn into the topic of substantial debate, and during this vital contribution to principles in Context Julia Stapleton seems on the paintings of 1 of its such a lot wide-ranging and influential theorists, Ernest Barker. Infused with a robust cultural feel of nationhood, Barker's writings encouraged a extensive nonacademic viewers, and their next overlook graphically demonstrates the destiny of a undeniable imaginative and prescient of Liberal England within the iteration after international struggle One. With, besides the fact that, the erosion of a selected feel of Englishness, Barker's rules have started to imagine renewed resonance.
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In attempting to clarify the opportunities and dangers attendant upon these changes, Idealist philosophers and also other classical scholars turned to ancient Greece. They regarded the Greek city-states as a model of society organised around the principles of obligation and citizenship rather than individual rights, from which many modern lessons could be learned. Aristotle's Ethics, in particular, became a seminal guide to the increasingly 'civic' nature of English political life, overshadowing - if not entirely displacing - its previous association with Christianity.
Nevertheless, his contribution to English political and cultural thought was a highly nuanced one. As such, it found a broad appeal in academic, official, and popular circles alike. My fundamental aim in writing this book has been to capture the singularity of his work and the public concerns which it addressed. Consequently, I have sought to clarify the reasons why Barker held certain beliefs and not others; the various factors in his life and milieux which shaped the intellectual and temperamental dispositions I outlined earlier; the place of his thought within the political debate of its time; and the way in which his ideas shifted slightly but nonetheless significantly during successive phases of his career.
Gladstone, in particular, won his father's praise, and Ernest Barker followed suit. 9 Many of the political ideals and causes which Barker later embraced 6 8 9 7 E. Barker, Age and Youth, 258, 270. E. i. 'When I was in Manchester', The Times, 31 December 1931. E. Barker, 'Mr. Gladstone', The British Weekly, 20 May 1948, 7. Lancashire, Idealism, and Whiggism 23 were leaves from Gladstone's book, though they were not exclusive to the latter. These included democracy, Home Rule, sound public finance, national self-determination, and the primacy of morality in the conduct of political affairs.
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