William Whewell was a giant of Victorian intellectual culture. His influence, whether recognized or forgotten, is palpable in areas as diverse as moral philosophy, mineralogy, architecture, the politics of education, physics, engineering, and theology. Recent studies of the place of the sciences in nineteenth-century Britain have repeatedly indicated the significance of Whewell's sweeping and critical proposals for a reformed account of scientific knowledge and moral values. However, until now there has been no detailed study of the context and impact of his project. This collection of essays by recognized authorities in the fields of history, history of science, and philosophy thus represents the first attempt to do justice to a magisterial nineteenth-century intellectual. More generally, it makes an important contribution to our understanding of Victorian intellectual life and its aftermath.
`both books, and in particular the collection of essays, do pull together what is currently known about Whewell and this can only act as a stimulus to further study' Victorian Studies `the first time the results have been brought together in this way ... wide-ranging and no more collection of pieces d'occasion' J.W. Burrows, Times Literary Supplement 'this book succeeds like no other in synthesizing the full scope of his diverse historical influence ... This volume is a valuable contribution to the understanding of 19th-century intellectual life and should be acquired by libraries supporting a curriculum in the history and philosophy of science. Level: upper-division undergraduate and up.' L.C. Archie, Lander College, Choice, Nov '91 'well-balanced, readable, and insightful study of Whewell's study of science ... This critical appraisal of Whewell's philosophy of science is highly recommended for all college libraries and is indispensable for history of science programs.' L.C. Archie, Lander College, Choice, Feb '92 'It brings together thirteen accomplished Whewell scholars to explore the context and content of his prodigious life and work. If one wishes to work historically into the Whewell text, one can do no better than begin with Composite Portrait' Don McNally, Pascal Centre, Ontario, History of Science, Volume 25, 1992
Number Of Pages: 418
Published: 21st February 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88 x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.81