Suffering and the Universal Order

Nicholas Hudson

in Samuel Johnson and Eighteenth-Century Thought

Published in print June 1990 | ISBN: 9780198112143
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670671 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs

Suffering and the Universal Order

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This chapter discusses a form of correspondence between vice and suffering, which is related to the idea of natural punishments. Additional discussions related to the universal order and suffering include those on universal optimism, divine government, Christian patience, and stoicism. It can be determined that in its classical origins, Samuel Johnson's understanding of patience owes more to Epicurus than Seneca or Zeno.

Keywords: Samuel Johnson; vice; suffering; natural punishments; universal order; universal optimism; divine government; Christian patience; stoicism; patience

Chapter.  10983 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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