Switch to English Switch to French

The Open University  |   Study at the OU  |   About the OU  |   Research at the OU  |   Search the OU

Listen to this page  |   Accessibility

the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

Reading Experience Database UK Historical image of readers

Listings for Author:  

Lord Monboddo


Click check box to select all entries on this page:



Lord Monboddo : Of the origin and progress of language

'I went through that extraordinary work of Lord Monboddo on the "Origin of Language". I was entertained and instructed from the singularity of the system, the many erroneous and yet plausible arguments on which it is founded, the infinite display of learning. A mind wedded to antiquity is the source together with a strong imagination easily biased from Credulity, of the principles offered in this work. I should apprehend the criticisms to be good in many parts... There is too much classical learning in it to allow me to form a Judgement of it, as a learned work. Indeed it is not to be supposed I understood it in a followed manner [.] Yet I never throw aside a book because it makes me feel an ignorance I am not ashamed of from its being one belonging to my Sphere as a female. I read on and often reap much information from the mere introduction to scholars.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Anna Larpent      Print: Book


James Burnett, Lord Monboddo : Antient Metaphysics; or, the Science of Universals

'S. reads Antient Metaphysics'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Percy Bysshe Shelley      Print: Book


James Burnett, Lord Monboddo : Of the Origin and Progress of Language

'He [Johnson] attacked Lord Monboddo's strange speculation on the primitive state of human nature; observing, "Sir, it is all conjecture about a thing useless, even were it known to be true. Knowledge of all kinds is good. Conjecture, as to things useful, is good; but conjecture as to what it would be useless to know, such as whether men went upon all four [sic], is very idle." '

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Johnson      Print: Book


Click check box to select all entries on this page:


Green Turtle Web Design