Shaftesbury on life as a work of art

Michael B. Gill

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This paper explicates Shaftesbury’s idea that we ought to live our lives as though they are works of art. I show that this idea is central to many of Shaftesbury’s most important claims, and that an understanding of this idea enables us to answer some of the most contested questions in the scholarship on Characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1110-1131
Number of pages22
JournalBritish Journal for the History of Philosophy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2 2018


  • Shaftesbury
  • art
  • self-improvement
  • virtue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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