A “Gentle Surgeon”, Friend and Lover: a Moralizer and His Reader in the Reflections by Shaftesbury
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A “Gentle Surgeon”, Friend and Lover: a Moralizer and His Reader in the Reflections by Shaftesbury
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Anna Stogova 
Institute of World History RAS
Russian State University for the Humanities
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow

The article discusses rhetorical strategies employed by the famous English moralist Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3d Earl of Shaftsbury, closely linked to his criticism of epicureanism and the views of his mentor John Locke, as well as contemporary gallant society. To prove the connection of suffering and pleasure and to criticize gallant culture for its superficiality, frivolity and passion for entertainment, Shaftsbury uses narrative strategies of fashionable literary genres to fascinate a careless reader and gradually lead him/her to accept the painful and exhausting experience of philosophy and self-discipline.

Shaftesbury, philosophy, pain, pleasure, gallantry
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