Article ID: CBB000072321

A grammar of dissent: Flatland, Newman, and the theology of probability (1996)


Description Argues that Edwin Abbott's Flatland “can be viewed as part of Abbott's longstanding effort to expose what he regarded as the fallacies in Newman's theology, especially his appropriation of the analogical and probabilistic reasoning of Bishop Joseph Butler's Analogy of Religion (1736). Such a perspective further broadens the intellectual, social, and religious context in which Flatland and Abbott's Newman writings are located by demonstrating their role in Victorian debates over the status of Newman and Butler and in the various constructions and uses of probability.”

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Authors & Contributors
Nudds, John R.
O'Hara, James Gabriel
Jann, Rosemary
Cosslett, Tess
Bickerton, D.
Madden, Lionel
Journal of Social History
Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society
Victorian Studies
Research in Philosophy and Technology
The Irish Astronomical Journal
Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems
Cambridge University Press
Victorian Periodicals Newsletter
Trinity College Dublin
Indiana University Press
Mellen Univ. Press
Science fiction
Medicine and literature
Abbott, Edwin Abbott
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Newman, John Henry
Pictet, Marc-Auguste
Conrad, Joseph
Airy, George Biddell
British Isles
Central Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Great Britain
19th century
Elliott Brothers (firm)

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