But beyond the general injunction to read old masters, the two essays have very little though more than nothing in common. Where Lewis focuses on the dangers of contemporary prejudice and the atmospheric contamination, as it were, of false assumptions—both of which we can mitigate in effect by temporarily displacing ourselves in time and space through reading—Hazlitt stresses the importance of older writers. He does this because 1 there is a greater likelihood that they are worth reading; 2 they are essential to the personal development of the individual; and 3 they are high-water marks of formal and stylistic virtuosity from which something can be learned despite philosophical disagreement.
He was a collateral descendant of the British essayist William Hazlitt but grew up in relative poverty, his father having died when Hazlitt was an infant.
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His early heroes were Herbert Spencer and William Jamesand his first ambition was for an academic career in psychology and philosophy. His studies led him to The Common Sense of Political Economy by Philip Wicksteed which, he later said, was his first "tremendous influence" in the subject.
Later, when the publisher W.
Norton suggested he write an official biography of their author Bertrand RussellHazlitt spent "a good deal of time," as he described it, with the famous philosopher. In connection with his work for The Nation, Hazlitt also edited A Practical Program for Americaa compilation of Great Depression policy considerations, but he was in the minority in calling for less government intervention in the economy.
Hazlitt opposed the Bretton Woods agreement, primarily fearing the risk of inflation. After agreeing not to write on the topic, he looked for another venue for his work, deciding on Newsweek magazine, for which he wrote a signed column, "Business Tides", from to He was the founding vice president of the Foundation for Economic Educationwhich also acquired his large personal library in the s.
Established by Leonard Read inFEE is considered to be the first "think tank" for free-market ideas. He was also one of the original members of the classical liberal Mont Pelerin Society in Differences existed between the journals: The Freeman under Hazlitt was more secular and presented a wider range of foreign policy opinion than the later National Review.
Vice President Henry A. Senators Paul Douglas and Hubert H. Humphreythe future Vice President. Economics and philosophy[ edit ] The times call for courage.
The times call for hard work. But if the demands are high, it is because the stakes are even higher. They are nothing less than the future of liberty, which means the future of civilization.
What is original in the book is not true; and what is true is not original. His novel, The Great Idea reissued in as Time Will Run Back depicts rulers of a centrally-planned socialist dystopia discovering, amid the resulting economic chaos, the need to restore market pricing system, private ownership of capital goods and competitive markets.
They resided at North Broad Street in Philadelphia. The Hazlitt family was originally from England, although his paternal grandmother was from Ireland.
His maternal grandparents were German immigrants. His mother, Bertha, then married Frederick E. Piebes, who was engaged in manufacturing, and they resided in Brooklyn, where Henry was raised.
Henry is listed on the New York state census as Henry S. His stepfather died inleaving Henry to support his mother and probably leading to the ambition that enabled him to work at the Wall Street Journal while he was still a teenager.
They were married by the pacifist minister, John Haynes Holmesbut later divorced. Selections from Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius At the time of his death, he resided in Wilton, Connecticut.
Legacy[ edit ] Hazlitt was a prolific writer, authoring 25 works in his lifetime. You have indefatigably fought against the step-by-step advance of the powers anxious to destroy everything that human civilization has created over a long period of centuries You are the economic conscience of our country and of our nation.So begins William Hazlitt’s essay Where Hazlitt is pragmatic and personal, Lewis focuses on the ethical and the social.
such as it is, makes its mark on the meaning of a life, infusing. William Hazlitt, (born April 10, , Maidstone, Kent, Eng.—died Sept. 18, , Soho, London), English writer best known for his humanistic essays. Lacking conscious artistry or literary pretention, his writing is noted for the brilliant intellect it reveals.
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