Public and Private Doctrine: Essays in British History Presented to Maurice Cowling

Public and Private Doctrine: Essays in British History Presented to Maurice Cowling

by Michael Bentley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521400139

ISBN-13: 9780521400138

Pub. Date: 08/27/1993

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Maurice Cowling's first two books appeared in 1963, the year in which he also became a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. Thirty years later this volume comments on his imminent retirement from Cambridge in two ways. First, it brings together a group of pupils, admirers and critics who have contributed essays dealing with facets of what Cowling calls 'public doctrine'…  See more details below

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Maurice Cowling's first two books appeared in 1963, the year in which he also became a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. Thirty years later this volume comments on his imminent retirement from Cambridge in two ways. First, it brings together a group of pupils, admirers and critics who have contributed essays dealing with facets of what Cowling calls 'public doctrine' in modern British history. Second, it contains critical assessments of Cowling's role as a major figure in Cambridge intellectual life. Because Cowling is not an anodyne person, this is not an anodyne book. If it contains any flattery then it tends to take the form of engagement with issues with which Cowling himself has done much to promote, especially the centrality accorded by him to religion as a determinant of systematic thought among the British intelligentsia. The result is a volume of important new studies, each of which may be read independently, which review the private cosmologies of politicians and churchmen but also the thought-world of a novelist or historian or architect. The book also situates Cowling's work in its wider environment which will aid those who are coming to it for the first time or who are trying to make sense of its complex filiations. Above all, it seeks to be as unsycophantic, rebarbative and diverting as its dedicatee, while offering something genuinely worthwhile to all readers interested in recent historical and current intellectual tendencies in England.

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ISBN-13:
9780521400138
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/27/1993
Pages:
357
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Frontispiece: Maurice Cowling in 1966
Notes on contributors
Preface
Prologue: The retiring Mr Cowling2
Pt. IEssays on British history
1The Friends of the Constitution in Church and State17
2Paine and Burke: God, nature and politics34
3The ripening of Robert Peel63
4God's Providence: liberal political economy as natural theology at Oxford 1825-6285
5Gladstone, the Roman Church, and Italy108
6Victorian historians and the larger hope127
7Archbishop Frederick Temple on meritocracy, liberal education and the idea of a clerisy149
8George Gilbert Scott junior (1839-1897): 'the history of a narrow mind'168
9The doctrinal politics of Stanley Baldwin181
10From the Thirty-Nine Articles to the Thirty-Nine Steps: reflections on the thought of John Buchan209
11Destiny, history and providence: the religion of Winston Churchill236
Epilogue: notes towards a natural philosophy of religion251
Pt. IIAd hominem
Towards the verdict of history: Mr Cowling's Doctrine273
Skeletons from Mr Cowling's cupboard322
A bibliography 1948-1991344
Index352

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