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By Keith Wilson

Via unique essays from a special crew of foreign students and Hardy experts, 'A better half to Thomas Hardy' presents a distinct, one-volume source, which encompasses all features of Hardy's significant novels, brief tales, and poetry.

• educated through the most recent in scholarly, serious, and theoretical debates from the various world's top Hardy scholars
• finds groundbreaking insights via examinations of Hardy’s significant novels, brief tales, poetry, and drama
• Explores Hardy's paintings within the context of the most important highbrow and socio-cultural currents of his time and assesses his legacy for next writers

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When he told Agnes Grove in 1903 that “I am not a Positivist” he added that “no person of serious thought in these times could be said to stand aloof from Positivist teaching & ideals” (CL III: 53). He acknowledged the influence of Comte’s writing on Far from the Madding Crowd, took extensive notes on his Social Dynamics, attended Positivist lectures at Newton Hall, and kept up a long friendship with Frederic Harrison, Comte’s leading British advocate; Harrison welcomed Tess as “a Positivist allegory or sermon” (Harrison 1891), while Hardy wrote to him that the first volume of The Dynasts presented a “Positive view of the Universe” (CL III: 98).

Individuals within society are like cells within the human body, in that as each dies it is replaced by another, without detriment to the whole. Hence all human beings, past and present, can be seen as “Humanity,” or the “Great Being,” and in the absence of a deity can be regarded as a proper object of reverence. The rejection of the Christian doctrine of our fallen nature, allied to a Lamarckian theory of evolution, allows Comte to argue that “the gradual development of humanity must bring about the preponderance of the noble inclinations” (Andreski 1974: 169), and moral progress come slowly but necessarily into line with the advances already made in scientific understanding.

Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. Darwin, Charles ([1871] 2003). The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, ed. Richard Dawkins. London: Gibson Square Books. Darwin, Charles ( [1872] 1998). The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, ed. Paul Ekman. New York: HarperCollins. Hardy and Philosophy Deleuze, Gilles, and Claire Parnet (1987). Dialogues, trans. Hugh Tomlinson and Barbara Habberjam. New York: Columbia University Press. Freud, Sigmund ([1901] 1914). Psychopathology of Everyday Life, trans.

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