John Ruskin, Social Reformer J.A. Hobson

ISBN: 9781230315287

Published: September 12th 2013

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94 pages


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John Ruskin, Social Reformer  by  J.A. Hobson

John Ruskin, Social Reformer by J.A. Hobson
September 12th 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 94 pages | ISBN: 9781230315287 | 5.16 Mb

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII INDUSTRIALMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher.

Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII INDUSTRIAL EXPERIMENTS--THE GUILD OF ST. GEORGE i. The practice of fair dealing. 2. Mr. Ruskins use of rent and interest. 3. Mr. Ruskin, publisher and bookseller. 4. The origin and principles of St. Georges Company. 5. Experiments in agricultural reform. 6. The Ruskin Museum at Sheffield. 7. Revival of hand-spinning and weaving. 8. The Home Arts and Industries Association. I. As in education so in other matters Mr.

Ruskin was eager to practise what he preached. But in practice he drew a just distinction between what is ultimately desirable and what is now practically serviceable. Though he understood quite well that justice is unattainable in modern commercial transactions, he did not, as a few have done, determine to have nothing to do with buying and selling, and to come out of the whole affair.

Here he was, a teacher, drawing professional salaries, a maker and seller of books, a specialist buyer of pictures and other art treasures, as well as a purchaser and consumer of general commodities. What did common sense, enlightened by honesty, require of him? Certainly not to give up buying pictures and selling books, for these were among his most serviceable functions to society. In his later years, at any rate, having given away, or put to other social use, his paternal inheritance, he could not fulfil his art mission otherwise than by selling books.

Mr. Ruskin was no believer in an ascetic doctrine of self-renunciation, but in a life of honest and delightful self-expression attainable for all. Had he refused to sell his books and teaching, he would in no sense have illustrated his sane theory of life. He was no disbeliever in commerce and exchange. What he...



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