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Appeared in: Volume 7, Number 5
Published on: April 10, 2012
Retroview: Our Hero?

Thomas Carlyle hated the cocksureness of ideology, worried that the best of human qualities were being mangled by unbridled technology and commercialization, and struggled to reconcile a loss of traditional religious belief with the need for faith. Can anyone think of a reason to read such a 19th-century relic today?

Ian Campbell is professor emeritus of Scottish and Victorian literature at the University of Edinburgh, and one of the senior editors of the Carlyle Letters.

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