John Andrews

(c. 1736—1809) historian

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John Andrews spent most of his life in Surrey and produced most of his numerous works and pamphlets after the age of forty. His interest in philosophical topics was largely confined to the theory and practice of morality, as exemplified in his Inquiry into the Manners, Taste, and Amusements of the two Last Centuries in England (1782). In this work, he censures the strong appetites for ‘elegant relaxation’ in Britain. He is suspicious of pleasure and luxury, both of which are ultimately inimical to the welfare and best interests of the country. France and Italy are cited, not surprisingly, as truly awful examples of moral depravity.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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