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Dying to Know: Scientific Epistemology and Narrative in Victorian England

George Levine


This book, which contributes to the history and theory of scientific knowledge, explores the paradoxes of our modern ideal of objectivity, in particular its emphasis on the impersonality and disinterestedness of truth. How, the author asks, did this idea of selfless knowledge come to be established and moralized in the nineteenth century? The author shows that for nineteenth-century scientists, novelists, poets, and philosophers, access to the truth depended on conditions of such profound self-abnegation that pursuit of it might be taken as tantamount to the pursuit of death. The Victorians, h ... More

Keywords: scientific knowledge, objectivity, impersonality, disinterestedness, truth, selfless knowledge, self-abnegation, epistemology, Victorians, pure knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226475363
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226475387.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Levine, author