Selected Writings of James Fitzjames Stephen: On Society, Religion, and Government

ISBN : 9780199585717

Thomas E. Schneider
352 Pages
152 x 255 mm
Pub date
Jul 2015
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James Fitzjames Stephen (1829-1894) is remembered as a judge, legal historian, and the author of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, a reply to J. S. Mill's late works. He is less well remembered for his journalism, though it earned him a reputation among his contemporaries as one of the most trenchant writers on topics ranging across the social, religious, political, moral, and philosophical questions debated in his time. It was largely in his journalistic writing that Stephen set forth his views on these questions. Despite such a reputation, however, only a small proportion of this writing was collected during his lifetime, and very little has been republished since his death. Selected Writings of James Fitzjames Stephen: On Society, Religion, and Government includes thirty-five essays expressing Stephen's views on the questions of his day, which have not lost their interest in ours. He wrote at a time when much of the finest writing in English was published in periodicals, often anonymously. The essays in this volume are drawn mostly from Stephen's unsigned contributions to the Saturday Review, with additions, both signed and unsigned, from other periodicals, extending from the 1850s to the 1880s.


J. F. Stephen and J. S. Mill: Three Letters (1864)
'Mr. Gurney's Historical Sketches' (Sat. Rev., 1856)
'Deus Ultionem' (Sat. Rev., 1857)
'Tom Brown's Schooldays' (excerpts) (Edin. Rev., 1858)
'General Jacob on the Progress of Being' (Sat. Rev., 1858)
'Coleridge's Philosophical Works' (Sat. Rev., 1859)
'Christian Optimism' (Sat. Rev., 1860)
'The End of the World' (Sat. Rev., 1860)
'Christianity in India' (Sat. Rev., 1860)
'Luxury' (Cornhill, 1860)
'Competitive Examinations' (Cornhill, 1861)
'Liberalism' (Cornhill, 1862)
'Society' (Cornhill, 1863)
'An Orthodox Dean' (Sat. Rev., 1863)
'Anti-Respectability' (Cornhill, 1863)
'Men and Brutes' (Sat. Rev., 1863)
'French Theories of the Universe' (Sat. Rev., 1863)
'Life of Theodore Parker' (Sat. Rev., 1864)
'The Logic of Persecution' (Sat. Rev., 1864)
'Carlier's Early History of the American States' (Sat. Rev., 1864)
'Sceptical Humility' (Sat. Rev., 1864)
'Shakspeare and Calvin' (Sat. Rev., 1864)
'The Sacredness of Human Life' (Sat. Rev., 1864)
'Our Noble Selves' (Sat. Rev., 1864)
'Dr. Newman and Liberalism' (Sat. Rev., 1865)
'De Tocqueville's Historical Fragments' (Sat. Rev., 1865)
'Thoughts at the Funeral of Lord Palmerston' (PMG, 1865)
'Ecce Homo' (excerpt) (Fraser's, 1866)
'The End of the Pan-Anglican Synod' (PMG, 1867)
'The Bishop of Carlisle upon Heathenism' (PMG, 1872)
'The Death of Mr. Mill' (PMG, 1873)
'Parliamentary Government' (Contemp. Rev., 1873-4)
'A Modern ": The Influence upon Morality of a Decline in Religious Belief' (Nineteenth Cent., 1877)
'On the Utility of Truth' (unpublished, 1879)
'The Unknowable and the Unknown' (Nineteenth Cent., 1884)
'On the Suppression of Boycotting' (Nineteenth Cent., 1886)
Appendix: R. H. Hutton, 'The Metaphysical Society: A Reminiscence' (Nineteenth Cent., 1885)

About the author: 

Thomas E. Schneider has taught political science at Boston University, Bowdoin College, and Emory University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Editorial Institute, Boston University, 2004-2006.

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