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Victorian Relativity: Radical Thought and Scientific Discovery

Christopher Herbert


One of the articles of faith of twentieth-century intellectual history is that the theory of relativity in physics sprang in its essentials from the unaided genius of Albert Einstein; another is that scientific relativity is unconnected to ethical, cultural, or epistemological relativisms. This book challenges these assumptions, unearthing a forgotten tradition of avant-garde speculation that took as its guiding principle “the negation of the absolute” and set itself under the militant banner of “relativity.” The author shows that the idea of relativity produced revolutionary changes in one fi ... More

Keywords: Albert Einstein, ethical relativisms, cultural relativisms, epistemological relativisms, relativity, cultural reform, authoritarianism, nihilism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780226327327
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226327365.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Herbert, author