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Johnson, Samuel (1709–84)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DB045-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Famous as a man of letters and lexicographer, Johnson was no formal academic philosopher – indeed he was suspicious of abstractions. His works perfectly embody the darker side of the eighteenth-century mind, with its distrust of theoretical reason and system-mongering, and a profound sensitivity to the imperfections of a human existence in which there was more to be endured than to be enjoyed.

Citing this article:
Porter, Roy. Johnson, Samuel (1709–84), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DB045-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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