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The Nature of “Nature”: What to Ask of a Concept

Gregory E. Kaebnick

in Humans in Nature: The World As We Find It and the World As We Create It

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199347216
eISBN:
9780199347247
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347216.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

This chapter examines two large difficulties with the concept of nature. Can we define “nature” so that it can guide human action within the world—a problem articulated by J. S. Mill—and can we ... More


Learning by Experiment: T. H. Huxley and the Aesthetic Nature of Education

Philipp Erchinger

in Artful Experiments: Ways of Knowing in Victorian Literature and Science

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781474438957
eISBN:
9781474453790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438957.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Beginning with John Herschel’s definition of ‘science’ as a specifically impersonal kind of knowledge, this chapter focuses on the relations between the subjective and the objective, pursuing them ... More


The Uses of Curiosity in Early Modern France and Germany

Neil Kenny

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199271368
eISBN:
9780191709531
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271368.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Why did people argue about curiosity in France, Germany, and elsewhere in Europe between the 16th and the 18th centuries, so much more than today? Why was curiosity a fashionable topic in early ... More


Modern Communities, National and Religious

Theodore Vial

in Modern Religion, Modern Race

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190212551
eISBN:
9780190212575
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212551.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Chapter 4 shows why we must extend our genealogies of religion and race past the Enlightenment by comparing Johann Gottfried Herder and Schleiermacher on language and on the formation of groups. Both ... More


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