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Victorian Scientific NaturalismCommunity, Identity, Continuity$
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Bernard Lightman and Gowan Dawson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226109503

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226109640.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Victorian Scientific Naturalism
Author(s):

Gowan Dawson

Bernard Lightman

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226109640.003.0001

This introduction begins by recovering the prehistory of the terms scientific naturalism and scientific naturalist, attempting to reclaim them as authentic actors’ categories. It also assesses their validity as widely-invoked historiographic categories. Subsequent sections survey the historiography of Victorian scientific naturalism over the last four decades, and assess how the essays collected in the volume offer new perspectives, focusing on issues of community, identity and continuity, that, together, move this historical work forward.

Keywords:   Scientific Naturalism, Scientific Naturalist, actors’ categories, historical semantics, Tayler Lewis, T. H. Huxley, Frank M. Turner

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