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Reforming Philosophy: A Victorian Debate on Science and Society

Laura J. Snyder


The Victorian period in Britain was an “age of reform.” It is therefore not surprising that two of the era's most eminent intellects described themselves as reformers. Both William Whewell and John Stuart Mill believed that by reforming philosophy—including the philosophy of science—they could affect social and political change. But their divergent visions of this societal transformation led to a sustained and spirited controversy that covered morality, politics, science, and economics. Situating their debate within the larger context of Victorian society and its concerns, this book shows how ... More

Keywords: William Whewell, John Stuart Mill, reform, philosophy, science, social change, political change, morality, economics, Victorian society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226767338
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226767352.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura J. Snyder, author