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Lord Acton (), numbered among the most esteemed Victorian historical thinkers, was much respected for his vast learning, his ideas on politics and religion, and his lifelong preoccupation with human freedom. Yet Acton was in many ways an outsider. He stood apart from his contemporaries, doubting the notion of unlimited progress and the blessings of nationalism and democracy. "Lord Acton has left too little completed original work to rank among the great historians; his very learning seems to have stood in his way; he knew too much and his literary conscience was too acute for him to write easily, and his copiousness of information overloads his literary style/5(10). Inspired by the great English historian, Lord John Acton, and his work on the relation between liberty and morality, the Acton Institute seeks to articulate a vision of society that is both free and virtuous, the end of which is human flourishing. Lord Acton was among the most illustrious historians of nineteenth-century England, a man of great learning with a deep devotion to individual liberty and a profound understanding of history. Liberty Fund is proud to offer the most complete collection of Acton essays ever published. Volume I: Essays.
Lord Acton (–) is often called a historian of liberty. A great historian and political thinker, he had a rare talent for reaching beneath the surface and revealing the hidden springs that move the by: 3. Book by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 42 Copy quote Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought. The Acton Institute publishes both popular-level and academic books across the disciplines of theology, economics, ethics, and history. Acton Books consists of three publishing platforms: the Acton Institute imprint, Christian’s Library Press, and the Journal of Markets & Morality. Lord Acton, who was a Roman Catholic layman with a long record of criticizing the authoritarianism of the Catholic hierarchy, was profoundly displeased with the work's method and tone.
In this remarkable biography, Roland Hill is the first to make full use of the vast collection of books, documents, and private papers in the Acton archives to tell the story of the enigmatic Lord Acton. The book describes Acton’s extended family of European aristocrats, his cosmopolitan upbringing, and his disrupted education. Lord Acton writes to Bishop Creighton in a series of letters concerning the moral problem of writing history about the Inquisition. Acton believes that the same moral standards should be applied to all men, political and religious leaders included, especially since, in his famous phrase, “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Books on economics, poverty, environment, social issues, education and more. Add Liberty and Virtue to your collection! Books on economics, poverty, environment, social issues, education and more. Lord Acton: Historian and Moralist. Regular price $ What’s Wrong with Global Governance? Regular price $ $ Sale. On the Church. The Cambridge historian Lord Acton () – who is best remembered for his maxim “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” – spent much of his professional life working on a single book, a comprehensive history of liberty.