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The Positivist Attack on Baconian Science and Religious Knowledge in the 1870s

Eva Marie Garroutte (ed.)

in The Secular Revolution: Power, Interests, and Conflict in the Secularization of American Public Life

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520230002
eISBN:
9780520936706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520230002.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines how a group of science activists advanced a religiously hostile positivist discourse to supersede the dominant Baconian scientific practice. The primary goal of Baconian science ... More


Reading: Antiquarian Methods and Geographical Learning

Nicholas Popper

in Walter Ralegh's History of the World and the Historical Culture of the Late Renaissance

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226675008
eISBN:
9780226675022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226675022.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter focuses on Ralegh's geographical notebook to examine the practice of reading. It demonstrates how scholars directed the methods of these practices at their expanded variety of sources. ... More


Atoning for the Sin of Speculation

Alistair Sponsel

in Darwin's Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226523118
eISBN:
9780226523255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226523255.003.0012
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Darwin’s well-known authorial decisions before publishing Origin were attempts to correct mistakes in his earlier efforts to author theories. He persisted in feeling he had erred by revealing his ... More


Contexts and Causes

Thomas A. Apel

in Feverish Bodies, Enlightened Minds: Science and the Yellow Fever Controversy in the Early American Republic

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780804797405
eISBN:
9780804799638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804797405.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

Chapter One frames the parameters of the debate and establishes the prevailing intellectual orientation of the investigators. As scientists, investigators cast themselves as the descendants of Bacon, ... More


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