The way Lord Kames practices criticism in Elements of Criticism (1762) is not motivated by the new philosophy per se. His use of the new philosophy in the practice of criticism addresses social, political, and nationalistic circumstances. After showing what it means for Kames to practice criticism as a rational science, I use his Shakespeare criticism as a case study to illustrate select motivations for practicing criticism as a rational science.
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Manolescu, Beth Innocenti. “Motives for Practicing Criticism as a ‘Rational Science’ in Lord Kames’s Elements of Criticism.” Advances in the History of Rhetoric 5 (2001): 11-20. Reprinted in Advances in the History of Rhetoric: The First Six Years. Eds. Richard Leo Enos and David E. Beard. West Lafayette: Parlor Press, 2007. 296-307.
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