James Fitzjames Stephen: Portrait of a Victorian Rationalist

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Cambridge University Press, 2002 M07 18 - 352 pages
In this important study Dr Smith uses a wide range of primary materials to provide the first modern comprehensive examination of the work, writings and ideas of James Fitzjames Stephen. Stephen's broad rationalist/utilitarian ethical and intellectual stance manifested itself most prominently in law and social and political philosophy. Stephen's turn of mind led him to perceive the substance of literature and religious orthodoxy as of complementary interest and relevance to the social and political mores of Victorian England, making him one of Dickens' and Cardinal Newman's most formidable and trenchant critics. Dr Smith's account is the first to set Stephen's life and thought in its proper Victorian context, and marks a significant addition to the growing literature on the intellectual history of nineteenth-century England.

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Contents

EARLY IMPRESSIONS SIR JAMES ETON AND CAMBRIDGE
1
A CONTROVERSIALIST IN THE MAKING LITERARY CRITICISM AND LEADERWRITING
9
THE SATURDAY REVILER
10
THE ARTIST PROPAGANDIST AND THE SEARCH FOR REALISM
15
IMMORALITY AND FRENCH REALISM
23
DICKENS AND THACKERAYS ARTISTRY
26
CARLYLE MACAULAY AND FROUDE
35
THE PALL MALL GAZETTE
38
ADMINISTRATIVE EFFICIENCY AND THE RULE OF LAW A BLENDING OF SOMERSET HOUSE AND THE OLD BAILEY
132
THE JAMAICA COMMITTEE AND IMPEY
135
MAINTAINING THE INDIAN CONNECTION
138
IRELAND AND THE GROWTH OF IMPERIALISM
151
LIBERTY EQUALITY FRATERNITY REFUTATION AND APOLOGIA
160
DEPENDENT OPPOSITES
162
RELIGIOUS AND MORAL LIBERTY
168
LIBERTY AND UTILITARIAN ORTHODOXY
177

A SCIENCE OF CRIMINAL LAW
44
PUNISHMENT AND DENUNCIATION
54
THE CULPABLE MIND
60
THE VOLUNTARY AGENT
65
LAW LIVING AND ARMED THE MECHANISM OF ENFORCEMENT
73
EVIDENCE AND THE LOGIC OF RELEVANCE
84
PROCEDURAL BACKWATERS
91
THE THREAT OF HOOFS AND HOBNAILS
100
MILL AND THE TWO FACES OF POPULISM
109
HOBBESIAN ANTECEDENTS
113
INDIA AND THE IMPERIAL ETHIC
123
A CODIFICATORY HARVEST
126
JUSTICE AND SUFFRAGE
181
FRATERNITY OR CALVINISM WITH THE BOTTOM KNOCKED OUT
196
BILL SIKES CONVERTED BY BENTHAM?
209
RATIONALISMS BURDEN
215
THEOLOGY ON TRIAL
218
HOUSETOP PREACHING AND NEWMANISM
222
CHRISTIANITYS SUBSTITUTE
234
THE BENCH AND BEYOND
245
NOTES
253
BIBLIOGRAPHY
320
INDEX
333
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