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Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity

Bernard Lightman and Gowan Dawson


Victorian Scientific Naturalism examines the secular creeds of the generation of intellectuals who, in the wake of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, wrested cultural authority from the old Anglican establishment while installing themselves as a new professional scientific elite. Beginning in the crisis of authority in the 1850s that followed the aristocratic mismanagement of the Crimean war and the trauma of the Indian mutiny, this campaign, led by biologists, physicists and mathematicians such as Thomas Huxley, Joseph Hooker, John Tyndall and William Kingdon Clifford, helped reform and mod ... More

Keywords: Victorian science, T. H. Huxley, John Tyndall, Herbert Spencer, Joseph Hooker, William Kingdon Clifford, evolution, agnosticism, rationalism, science and religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226109503
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226109640.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Lightman, editor

Gowan Dawson, editor

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