- Title Pages
- This is Enlightenment
- Enlightening Mediation
- Where were the Media before the Media?
- Mediation and the Division of Labor
- Transmitting Liberty
- Modes and Codes
- Mediating Information, 1450–1800
- Mediated Enlightenment
- Romanticism, Enlightenment and Mediation
- The Present of Enlightenment
- The Strange Light of Postcolonial Enlightenment
- Mediating Media Past and Present
- Mediating Antiquarians in Britain, 1760–1830
- Mediating Le Philosophe
- Novel Knowledge
- The Piratical Enlightenment
- Financing Enlightenment, Part One
- Financing Enlightenment, Part Two
- “The Horrifying Ties, From Which the Public Order Originates”
- The Preacher's Footing
- Mediation as Primal Word
Judgment, Experience, Experiment
- (p.284) Novel Knowledge
- This Is Enlightenment
- University of Chicago Press
This chapter argues that the British novelists of the early eighteenth century adopted three elements of natural philosophy in fashioning their narratives: surrogate witnessing, the contrived experiment, and the induction-based reasoning that could translate the findings of a single experiment into truths of general validity. It shows how early novelists fashioned printed texts into experiments that mediated different kinds of knowledge as a means of mediating the fictional and the real. The tools described both confer experience to the fictional characters and advance the judgment of both characters and readers.
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