Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2012

Publication Title

Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies

DOI

10.1111/j.1754-0208.2012.00496

Abstract

Revival of Greek ideas about exercise in the British and Irish Enlightenment by doctors led to a shift in understandings about the independent mind by establishing a relation between bodily and mental health. By the late 1730s, interest shifted away from mind and body and towards the sentiments and passions, which marked gender distinctions and held together national communities. Gilbert West’s writing about the Olympics in the 1740s indicated the difficulty in resolving tensions about exercise and sport as producing aristocratic distinction and violent passions as against their encouragement of healthy minds and civic virtue in the nation.

Comments

The publisher's final edited version of this article is available at the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

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