Autumn 1960 • Vol. XXII No. 4 Book Reviews |

Samuel Johnson the Statist

The Politics Of Samuel Johnson by Donald J. Greene. Yale University Press. $5.50. "The first Whig was the Devil." A good many readers know little more of Samuel Johnson's politics than this witticism, which does suggest, indeed, Johnson's emphasis on ordination and subordination. But Johnson was a political thinker of importance, though no abstract metaphysician in politics. A new book by Mr. Donald J. Greene may do something to restore Johnson to the attention of serious students of society, and to dispel a number of textbook misapprehensions concerning Johnson's actual politics, practical and theoretical—although at the same time this study of Mr. Greene's may raise up new misinterpretations of the great Tory critic. Donald J. Greene is in love with Samuel Johnson, though his first principles—Mr. Greene being a logical positivist and a latter-day liberal (yet not what Mr. Sidney Hook calls a "ritualistic liberal")—are a world away from those of his subject. Also Mr. G

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