The Moral Imagination describes how some of the most provocative thinkers of modern times, coming from different traditions, responding to different concerns, and writing in different genres, shared a moral passion that permeated their work. The second edition includes a revised introduction and three new essays on Adam Smith, Lord Acton, and Alfred Marshall.
Gertrude Himmelfarb was born in New York City and studied at Brooklyn College and the University of Chicago. A distinguished historian, she has received numerous honorary degrees, fellowships, and awards, including the 2004 National Humanities Medal. She is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Society of American Historians. She has written extensively on Victorian England and more generally on intellectual and cultural history.
Introduction Chapter 1: Adam Smith: Political Economist cum Moral Philosopher Chapter 2: Edmund Burke: Apologist for Judaism? Chapter 3: George Eliot: The Wisdom of Dorothea Chapter 4: Jane Austen: The Education of Emma Chapter 5: Charles Dickens: "A Low Writer" Chapter 6: Benjamin Disraeli: The Tory Imagination Chapter 7: John Stuart Mill: The Other Mill Chapter 8: Walter Bagehot: "A Divided Nature" Chapter 9: Lord Acton: The Historian as Moralist Chapter 10: Alfred Marshall: "The Economics of Chivalry Chapter 11: John Buchan: An Untimely Appreciation Chapter 12: The Knoxes: A God-Haunted Family Chapter 13: Michael Oakeshott: The Conservative Disposition Chapter 14: Winston Churchill: "Quite Simply, a Great Man" Chapter 15: Lionel Trilling: The Moral Imagination Notes Index