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Analogical Reasoning in Victorian Historical Epistemology (2003)


The usefulness of analogy as an epistemological tool was at the center of a Victorian debate over the nature of historical knowledge. While researching one of her novels, George Eliot combined her obsession with historical veracity with a belief in the efficacy of analogical reasoning in the generation of historical knowledge to create a method of imaginative representation that was meant to advance our understanding of the past. Her work, along with that of her companion, G.H. Lewes, constituted a rejection of the ascendant view that history needed to become an austere, inductive science, advanced by J.S. Mill, H.T. Buckle, and William Stubbs.


Description Looks at George Eliot's and George Henry Lewes's understanding of history as analogical as opposed to inductive.

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Authors & Contributors
Rylance, Rick
Cline, C. L.
Dale, Peter Allan
Briggs, Asa
Tansey, E. M.
Paxton, Nancy L.
Ideas and Production: A Journal in the History of Ideas
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Rivista di Storia della Filosofia
Modern Philology
Victorian Newsletter
19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
Princeton University Press
Oxford University Press
Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press
Bucknell University Press
Science and literature
Metaphors; analogies
Eliot, George
Lewes, George Henry
Spencer, Herbert
Bain, Alexander
Darwin, Charles Robert
Huxley, Thomas Henry
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
British Isles
Great Britain

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