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The Epistemology of Science and Art

The Epistemology of Science and Art

Pearson and Pater

(p.244) 11 The Epistemology of Science and Art
Dying to Know
George Levine
University of Chicago Press

This chapter covers the literary and critical works of Karl Pearson and Walter Pater. Pater and Pearson are separated philosophically not by any combat about realism, nor by the thoroughness of their commitment to science and scientific method. The voices of science and of art speak from within consciousnesses they describe as closed off from the realities of the world around them. Pearson has to defend the claims of science to intellectual authority. The Grammar of Science is the culmination of the journey undertaken by Arthur. Pearson's theories of causation, scientific law, and empirical perception are threatened by the problem of the particularity of subjectivities. The resort to the language of science is neither accidental nor gratuitous. Positivism becomes a shadow child of romanticism.

Keywords:   Karl Pearson, Walter Pater, science, art, intellectual authority, The Grammar of Science, romanticism, causation, scientific law

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