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Captains of Industry, Lords of Misrule: Carlyle and the Second Scottish Enlightenment

Christopher Harvie

in Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748637744
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652143 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637744.003.0005
Captains of Industry, Lords of Misrule: Carlyle and the Second Scottish Enlightenment

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The Catholic Apostolic Church was one of the lesser-known Scots influences on the Second German Empire, which was founded by Thomas Carlyle's friend Edward Irving. Carlyle identified himself so much with ‘history as biography’ that he has been dropped from ‘scientific’ lines of enquiry. The leitmotifs of ‘Signs of the Times’ were derived from Schiller: belief-systems as the alternative to mechanistic, fragmented unbelief; hence the stressing of the apocalyptic alternative. Carlyle, far from being the dark philosopher of ‘the work ethic’, really anticipates the vitalising options of Pat Kane's Play Ethic. Carlyle's world, carnivalesque as well as didactic, not only retained its relevance, but also advanced it: not primarily in book form, but dictionary-wise in brief lives and sayings and apothegms.

Keywords: Thomas Carlyle; Edward Irving; Second Scottish Enlightenment; Catholic Apostolic Church; Signs of the Times; Pat Kane; Play Ethic

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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