Deane, Seamus. ‘Swift and the Anglo-Irish Intellect’, Eighteenth-century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, Vol. 1 (1986), pp 9-22.
The purpose of this essay is to provide a context for some of Swifts writings and to demonstrate the advantages to be gained from seeing him as a member of the Anglo-Irish ascendancy of the eighteenth century. Moral philosophies and contemporary attitudes towards travel literature, as well as economic theories, consumption of popular fashion, Epicureanism, libertinism, benevolence, atheism, despotic power, and national love are discussed in relation to Gullivers Travels and A Modest Proposal. These themes and their relation to Swifts writings are further analysed within the context of the writings of Francis Hutcheson, Edmund Burke, the earl of Shaftesbury and John Mandeville. Also discussed are Swifts A Tale of a Tub and John Tolands Christianity Not Mysterious. Deanes wide-ranging essay indicates, in outline, the complexity and importance of the Irish intellectual tradition in the eighteenth century.