John Brown Bibliography

Essay on the Characteristics of Lord Shaftesbury 1751
Brown was a clergyman, poet and playwright. In the Essay he defended utilitarianism and extolled the virtues of state education. In addition to criticizing Shaftesbury?s Characteristics Brown also attacked Hume's view of disinterested pleasure in ?Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature?. Garrick appeared in his two plays Barbarossa (1754) and Athelstan (1756). Brown was invited by Catherine II to advise her on education. However, illness prevented him from going to Russia. He committed suicide on 23 September, 1766.
An Estimate of the Manners and Principles of the Times 1757
A bitter satire on the ostentatious luxury of the age which became extremely popular.