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By Bernard Lightman,Gowan Dawson

Victorian clinical Naturalism examines the secular creeds of the new release of intellectuals who, within the wake of The beginning of Species, wrested cultural authority from the previous Anglican institution whereas fitting themselves as a brand new specialist clinical elite. those medical naturalists—led via biologists, physicists, and mathematicians equivalent to William Kingdon Clifford, Joseph Dalton Hooker, Thomas Henry Huxley, and John Tyndall—sought to cajole either the country and the general public that scientists, no longer theologians, will be granted cultural authority, considering the fact that their services gave them detailed perception into society, politics, or even ethics.


In Victorian clinical Naturalism, Gowan Dawson and Bernard Lightman assemble new essays by means of major historians of technological know-how and literary critics that bear in mind those medical naturalists, in mild of modern scholarship that has tended to sideline them, and that reevaluate their position within the broader panorama of nineteenth-century Britain. Ranging in subject from bold mountain climbing expeditions within the Alps to the upkeep of aristocratic protocols of behavior at Kew Gardens, those essays supply a chain of recent views on Victorian clinical naturalism—as good as its next incarnations within the early 20th century—that jointly supply an cutting edge realizing of the circulation centering at the problems with neighborhood, identification, and continuity.

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