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Between Distance and Sympathy: Dr John Moore’s Philosophical Travel Writing

Brewer, John (2014) Between Distance and Sympathy: Dr John Moore’s Philosophical Travel Writing. Modern Intellectual History, 11 (3). pp. 655-675. ISSN 1479-2443. doi:10.1017/S1479244314000237.

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Dr John Moore's four-volume account of his Grand Tour in the company of the Duke of Hamilton was one of the most successful European travel books of the late eighteenth century. Moore's text, I argue, is a philosophical travel narrative, an examination of manners, customs and characters, analogous to the philosophical histories of the Scottish Enlightenment. Intended as a critique of the superficial observations of much travel literature, it argues for a greater degree of closeness between the traveler and the native, one based on sympathetic conversation rather than observation, but accompanied by a more distanced analysis, based on conjectural history, of the hidden processes that explain manners and character. Difference should be understood through a combination of sympathy and analysis that makes travel and its accounting valuable.

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Official Citation:JOHN BREWER (2014). BETWEEN DISTANCE AND SYMPATHY: DR JOHN MOORE'S PHILOSOPHICAL TRAVEL WRITING. Modern Intellectual History, 11, pp 655-675. doi:10.1017/S1479244314000237.
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