Jonathan Swift & Philosophy by Potzsch Janelle
Jonathan Swift and Philosophy is the first book to analyse and interpret Swift's writing from a philosophical angle. By placing key texts of Swift in their philosophical and cultural contexts and providing background to their history of ideas it demonstrates how well informed Swift's criticism of the politics philosophy and science of his age actually was. Moreover it also sets straight preconceptions about Swift as ignorant about the scientific developments of his time. The authors offer insights into and interpretations of Swift's political philosophy ethics and his philosophy of science and demonstrate how versatile a writer and thinker Swift actually was. This book will be of interest to scholars of philosophy history of ideas and 18th century literature and culture.