Sterne and Hogarth in parallel
by A. Torelli, E. Notti

INTRODUCTION
Structure of the hypertext

 


CULTURAL BACKGROUND


John Loche
Changes
Samuel Johnson
A quotation
Biography
Coffee Houses
Händel

 


COMPUTATIONAL ANALYSES


Art
Music
Philosophy
Theatre

 


HOGARTH BIOGRAPHY


Gin Lane and Beer Street
Masquerades and Operas

 


STERNE BIOGRAPHY


Satire

 


WHAT THEY HAVE IN COMMON


Lines
David Garrick
Analysis of Beauty
Addison
Shaftesbury

  

John Locke (1632-1704)

John Locke was born in Wrington near Bristol on 29 August 1632. Having a small but steady private income he became a student, chiefly at Oxford, learning enough medicine to act as a physician, holding an occasional appointive office, but never allowing any of these activities to limit his controlling passion, which was simply for thought. In 1666 he met Lord Ashley Cooper, who was to become Lord of Shaftesbury, and in 1667 he became his personal physician and tutor in his Exeter House. On one occasion, Shaftesbury's political enemies at Oxford had Locke watched for several years on end, during which he was not heard to say one word either critical of the goverment favorable to it. When times became turbolent Locke found it convenient to go abroad for several years: during the 1680s he lived quietly in Holland and pursued his thoughts. The Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the accession of William III brought him back to England and made possible the pubblication of the Essay, on which he had been working for many years. He is considered the father of empiricism: Locke's emphasis was on verificable evidence interpreted by common sense and on mutual toleration growing from mistrust of rash generalizations. He was against the concept of inner ideas but he believed that man was born a "tabula rasa" and "experience wrote on him". His thought was also very optimistic: he believed that there were no limits for knowledge because God had given man all the faculties he needed to discover whatever he wanted to.1

Notes

1 Aa Vv, Norton Anthology of English Literature. New York, London: W.W. Norton. 1993, vol 1;
See also Fabio Cioffi, Giorgio Lippi, Amedeo Vigorelli, Emilio Zanette
, Il Testo Filosofico, Edizioni scolastiche Bruno Mondadori, Milano 1997, vol 2.