Book ID: CBB734911585

Science, Form, and the Problem of Induction in British Romanticism (2018)


Porter, Dahlia (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 314
Language: English

Exploring a topic at the intersection of science, philosophy and literature in the late eighteenth century Dahlia Porter traces the history of induction as a writerly practice - as a procedure for manipulating textual evidence by selective quotation - from its roots in Francis Bacon's experimental philosophy to its pervasiveness across Enlightenment moral philosophy, aesthetics, literary criticism, and literature itself. Porter brings this history to bear on an omnipresent feature of Romantic-era literature, its mixtures of verse and prose. Combining analyses of printed books and manuscripts with recent scholarship in the history of science, she elucidates the compositional practices and formal dilemmas of Erasmus Darwin, Robert Southey, Charlotte Smith, Maria Edgeworth, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In doing so she re-examines the relationship between Romantic literature and eighteenth-century empiricist science, philosophy, and forms of art and explores how Romantic writers engaged with the ideas of Enlightenment empiricism in their work.

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Review Noel Jackson (2020) Review of "Science, Form, and the Problem of Induction in British Romanticism". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 175-176). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Goldstein, Amanda Jo
Bridget E. Kapler
Bullington, Thomas
Rivero, Albert J.
Rispoli, Stephanie Adair
Wilson, Andrew D.
Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Science and Education
Journal of the History of Ideas
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
University of Alberta (Canada)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Marquette University
University of Virginia Press
University of Minnesota Press
University of Chicago Press
Science and literature
Poetry and poetics
Science and culture
Darwin, Erasmus
Blake, William
Wordsworth, William
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
20th century, early
Great Britain
London (England)
Lichfield Botanical Society

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