Repositioning Victorian Sciences: Shifting Centres in Nineteenth-century Scientific Thinking
Anthem Press, 2006 - Science - 254 pages
'Sciences' were named and formed with great speed in the nineteenth century. Yet what constitutes a 'true' science? The Victorian era facilitated the rise of practices such as phrenology and physiognomy, so-called sciences that lost their status and fell out of use rather swiftly. This collection of essays seeks to examine the marginalised sciences of the nineteenth century in an attempt to define the shifting centres of scientific thinking, specifically asking: how do some sciences emerge to occupy central ground and how do others become consigned to the margins? The essays in this collection explore the influence of nineteenth-century culture on the rise of these sciences, investigating the emergence of marginal sciences such as scriptural geology and spiritualism. 'Repositioning Victorian Sciences' is a valuable addition to our understanding of nineteenth-century science in its original context, and will also be of great interest to those studying the era as a whole.
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A man of letters, poet, married 'sexual invert' and sexologist, Symonds describes
his life work in his Memoirs as follows: Trying to evade the congenital disease of
my moral nature in work, work has drained my nerves and driven me to find ...
Shifting Centres in Nineteenth-century Scientific Thinking David Clifford. but he
also engaged with their theories. He contributed to the discipline both as a critic
and as a 'case', initially in his Memoirs and later as Case XVII in Sexual Inversion.
contributed the historical - philosophical background to Sexual Inversion, which
consisted largely of reprints of his two previous treatises on the subject, A
Problem in Greek Ethics and A Problem in Modem Ethics, and he provided a
number of ...
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