Liberty and Morality: The Politics of Samuel Johnson


Drawing on a wide range of his writings, conferees explored the political thought of Samuel Johnson.


From Liberty Fund

Political Writings

by By Samuel Johnson
Edited by Donald J. Greene

The eighteenth century produced a remarkable array of thinkers whose influence in the development of free societies and free institutions is incalculable. Among these thinkers were Mandeville, Hutcheson, Smith, Hume, and Burke; their time is known as the Age of Johnson. Samuel Johnson: Political Writings contains twenty-four of Johnson’s essays…

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Additional Readings

Resolutions of the Continental Congress (October 19, 1765).

Johnson, Samuel. The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia. Edited by Thomas Keymer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Johnson, Samuel. “The Idler, No. 87. Amazonian bravery revived.” The Universal Chronicle (December 15, 1759): 1-2.

Junius. Letters of Junius (vol. 1). London: Henry Sampson Woodfall, 1772.