Shaftesbury on life as a work of art

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This paper explicates Shaftesbury’s idea that we ought to live our lives as though they are works of art. I show that this idea is central to many of Shaftesbury’s most important claims, and that an understanding of this idea enables us to answer some of the most contested questions in the scholarship on Characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1110-1131
JournalBritish Journal for the History of Philosophy
Issue number6
Early online date19 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2018


  • Shaftesbury
  • virtue
  • art
  • self-improvement


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