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Huxley's Church and Maxwell's Demon: From Theistic Science to Naturalistic Science

Matthew Stanley


During the Victorian period science shifted from being practiced in a theistic context to a naturalistic context. This book examines the foundations of that change. It is generally thought that this transformation was due to the methodological superiority of naturalistic science. However, this book shows that most of the methodological values underlying scientific practice were virtually identical between the theists and the naturalists. Each camp agreed on the importance of the uniformity of natural laws, the use of hypothesis and theory, the moral value of science, and intellectual freedom. ... More

Keywords: science and religion, Victorian science, scientific naturalism, James Clerk Maxwell, Thomas Henry Huxley, uniformity of nature, science education, intellectual freedom, free will, Intelligent Design

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226164878
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226164908.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Stanley, author
Associate Professor at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study