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Handling Data to Produce Knowledge

Sabina Leonelli

in Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical Study

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226416335
eISBN:
9780226416502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226416502.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Chapter 7 focuses on the processes through which data are situated within specific contexts of inquiry. I start from the notion of ‘research context’ itself, which remains under-theorized within ... More


Daring to Know: Karl Pearson and the Romance of Science

George Levine

in Dying to Know: Scientific Epistemology and Narrative in Victorian England

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226475363
eISBN:
9780226475387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226475387.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter outlines the literary and critical work of Karl Pearson. Pearson's Grammar of Science is a superb updating of the epistemology of dying to know. His epistemological journey places his ... More


Epilogue: Objectivity and Altruism

George Levine

in Dying to Know: Scientific Epistemology and Narrative in Victorian England

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226475363
eISBN:
9780226475387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226475387.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The narrative of scientific epistemology draws the struggles and the triumphs of the quest for absolute truth without divine assistance. The problem of objectivity was the problem that worried Karl ... More


Introduction: Dying to Know

George Levine

in Dying to Know: Scientific Epistemology and Narrative in Victorian England

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226475363
eISBN:
9780226475387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226475387.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Part of the paradox of dying to know is that one cannot know anything when one is dead. The phrase means a kind of liminal position, at the edge of nonbeing, and it implies a persistent tragedy: only ... More


My Life As a Machine: Francis Galton, with Some Reflections on A. R. Wallace

George Levine

in Dying to Know: Scientific Epistemology and Narrative in Victorian England

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226475363
eISBN:
9780226475387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226475387.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines Alfred Russel Wallace's My Life and Francis Galton's Memories of My Life. My Life has many of the qualities of Charles Darwin's autobiography. Galton's narrative represents ... More


The Test of Truth: Our Mutual Friend

George Levine

in Dying to Know: Scientific Epistemology and Narrative in Victorian England

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226475363
eISBN:
9780226475387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226475387.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter investigates Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend. The “epistemology of death” in Dickens' novel means to be quite literal about the word epistemology. Our Mutual Friend pushes the moral ... More


The Cartesian Hardy: I Think, Therefore I'm Doomed

George Levine

in Dying to Know: Scientific Epistemology and Narrative in Victorian England

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226475363
eISBN:
9780226475387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226475387.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter reviews Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure. Hardy was one of those who, as they engaged with the narrative of scientific epistemology, opened themselves to the inhuman coldness of material ... More


Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical Study

Sabina Leonelli

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226416335
eISBN:
9780226416502
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226416502.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The convergence of new technologies for the production, dissemination and analysis of scientific data and new regulatory regimes has provoked a reshuffling of priorities in research practices and ... More


Aliens of the World Unite!: A Meditation on Belonging in a Multispecies World

Banu Subramaniam (ed.)

in Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038655
eISBN:
9780252096594
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038655.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter explores how academic, intellectual, political, personal, natural, and cultural voices came into conversation with each other. Rarely do we explore the profound ways in which these same ... More


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