The Victorian Age: An Anthology of Sources and Documents by Josephine Guy

By Josephine Guy

The Victorian Age introduces scholars of nineteenth-century literary and cultural historical past to the most parts of highbrow debate within the Victorian interval. Bringing jointly for the 1st time in a single quantity a variety of fundamental resource fabric, this anthology supplies readers a different perception into the ways that assorted parts of Victorian highbrow debate have been interconnected.
The Victorian Age covers advancements in social and political thought, economics, technology and faith, aesthetics, and sexuality and gender, and offers entry to a variety of records that have hitherto been hugely inaccessible - either tricky to find and tough to interpret and comprehend. This authoritative anthology contains:
* a normal advent and is the reason many of the ways that the relationships among literary and highbrow tradition should be theorised
* essays describing the heritage to the components of discussion illustrated by means of the chosen resource documents
* bibliographical notes on all of the records included
* short bills of the popularity and profession of the records' authors.
This quantity will allow humanities scholars, in addition to the overall reader, to appreciate complicated components of debates in an surprisingly wide variety of disciplines, a number of of so that it will be strange.

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Chapter III: Of the Foure Sanctions or Sources of Pain and Pleasure I. It has been shown that the happiness of the individuals, of whom a community is composed, that is, their pleasures and their security, is the end and the sole end which the legislator ought to have in view: the sole standard, in conformity to which 32 THEORIES OF SOCIAL LIFE each individual ought, as far as depends upon the legislator, to be made to fashion his behaviour. But whether it be this or any thing else that is to be done, there is nothing by which a man can ultimately be made to do it, but either pain or pleasure.

Yet the common herd, including the herd of writers, not only in newspapers and periodicals, but in books of weight and pretension, are perpetually falling into this shallow mistake. Having caught up the word utilitarian, while knowing nothing whatever about it but its sound, they habitually express by it the rejection, or the neglect, of pleasure in some of its forms; of beauty, of ornament, or of amusement. Nor is the term thus ignorantly misapplied solely in disparagement, but occasionally in compliment; as though it implied superiority to frivolity and the mere pleasures of the moment.

Take the balance; which, if on the side of pleasure, will give the general good tendency of the act, with respect to the total number or community of individuals concerned; if on the side of pain, the general evil tendency, with respect to the same community. 37 DEFINING SOCIETY VI. It is not to be expected that this process should be strictly pursued previously to every moral judgment, or to every legislative or judicial operation. It may, however, be always kept in view: and as near as the process actually pursued on these occasions approaches to it, so near will such process approach to the character of an exact one.

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