By I. Primer
During this research of Bernard Mandeville's A Modest Defence of Publick Stews , Irwin Primer breaks new floor through arguing that during addition to being an advocation for the institution of state-regulated homes of prostitution, Mandeville's writing can be a hugely polished paintings of literature.
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Nor could anyone ever prove what Mandeville and others asserted, that prostitution had a positive effect in preserving women’s honor, and, as he in particular argued, that it actually produced better marriages. In the 1790s the most moving indictment of a social system that still had to deal with the unchanging evils of prostitution was expressed in William Blake’s “London”: But most thro’ midnight streets I hear How the youthful Harlot’s curse Blasts the new born Infant’s tear, And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse.
Later in this work Mandeville names Hobbes as the author of Leviathan. ” In that essay Montaigne mentions Plato’s comment on the “unruly member,” the penis, immediately after he quotes from 46 A Modest Defence of Publick Stews And now I have mention’d the Philosophers, I must beg Your Patience for a Moment, to hear a short Account of their Amours: For nothing will convince us of the irresistible Force of Love, and the Folly of hoping to suppress it, sooner than reflecting, that those venerable Sages, [iv] those Standards of Morality, those great Reformers of the World, were so sensibly touch’d with this tender Passion.
56 But however Your ill Success may grieve, it cannot astonish me: What else could we hope for, from Your persecuting of poor strolling Damsels? ” Whoever removed these words could have been acting prudentially by avoiding the common name for these societies. Making the title less specific and therefore more ambiguous also fits in with Mandeville’s playful humor in this work. 56 In his doggerel poem, The Grumbling Hive: Or, Knaves turn’d Honest (1705), the basis for Mandeville’s Fable of the Bees (1714 and later editions), Mandeville included this couplet: So Vice is beneficial found, When it’s by Justice lopt and bound.
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