William Hazlitt - Philosopher

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01Winterslow2009030220100201

Series of talks arguing that William Hazlitt was a committed philosopher as well as a great essayist.

Jonathan Ree describes how, while living a solitary life near the small Wiltshire village of Winterslow, the young and as yet unknown Hazlitt devoted himself to the struggle of becoming a serious philosophical writer.

Talk on how the young Hazlitt devoted himself to becoming a serious philosophical writer.

A talk on how the young Hazlitt devoted himself to becoming a serious philosophical writer

02William Hazlitt Senior2009030320100202

Series of talks arguing that William Hazlitt was a committed philosopher as well as a great essayist.

Jonathan Ree argues that Hazlitt's whole intellectual career can be seen as a dialogue with his father - a politically radical Unitarian minister.

Hazlitt came to question his father's beliefs as he became disillusioned with the French Revolution.

A talk about how Hazlitt's intellectual career can be seen as a dialogue with his father.

03Hazlitt And The Fate Of Modern Philosophy2009030420100203

Series of talks arguing that William Hazlitt was a committed philosopher as well as a great essayist.

Historian Jonathan Ree explores how Hazlitt, once a committed believer in rational Christianity and political radicalism, soon came to question all the main tenets of 'modern philosophy', preferring doubt to certainty.

Talk exploring how Hazlitt came to question all the main tenets of 'modern philosophy'.

04A Metaphysical Discovery2009030520100204

Series of talks arguing that William Hazlitt was a committed philosopher as well as a great essayist.

Historian Jonathan Ree reveals how Hazlitt spent much of his 20s leading a self-conscious life as a 'solitary thinker'.

It resulted in what the essayist always regarded as his greatest intellectual achievement - a challenge to received ideas about personal identity.

A talk on on how Hazlitt spent much of his 20s leading a life as a 'solitary thinker'.

05 LASTAcquaintance With Poets2009030620100205

Series of talks arguing that William Hazlitt was a committed philosopher as well as a great essayist.

Historian Jonathan Ree explores Hazlitt's relationship with Coleridge and Wordsworth.

The former found Hazlitt to be 'a thinking, observant, original man', and it was this recognition that gave him the confidence to struggle quietly for many years to make his mark as a thinker as well as a writer.