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Worlds Before AdamThe Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Reform$
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Martin J. S. Rudwick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226731285

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226731308.001.0001

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Completing Lyell's Principles (1832–33)

Completing Lyell's Principles (1832–33)

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(p.363) Chapter 25 Completing Lyell's Principles (1832–33)
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Worlds Before Adam
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226731308.003.0026

This chapter describes the third volume of Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology. Lyell's lectures at King's College gave him a valuable opportunity to reach an influential audience drawn from the scientific and social elites in the capital. He used the occasion to outline some of the contents of the still-unpublished final volume of his Principles, making geology palatable in the College's Anglican environment by stressing its contribution to traditional natural theology. The third volume of the Principles showed that a full appreciation of the power of observable actual causes would demonstrate their total adequacy—at no more than their present intensity—to account for everything in the deep past. Lyell criticized the catastrophists more trenchantly than ever. The Tertiary era would be the test-bed for his concept of geohistory as essentially uniform and steady-state. Now, with all his geohistorical procedures set out in full, Lyell could bring his argument to its climax with a detailed reconstruction of geohistory, focused on the Tertiary era.

Keywords:   Charles Lyell, Principles of Geology, Lyell's lectures, King's College, actual causes, geohistory

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