William Whewell: A Composite Portrait by Menachem FischWilliam Whewell: A Composite Portrait by Menachem Fisch

William Whewell: A Composite Portrait

EditorMenachem Fisch, Simon Schaffer

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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William Whewell was a giant of Victorian intellectual culture. His influence, whether recognized or forgotten, is palpable in areas as diverse as moral philosophy, mineralogy, architecture, the politics of education, physics, engineering, and theology. Recent studies of the place of thesciences in nineteenth-century Britain have repeatedly indicated the significance of Whewell's sweeping and critical proposals for a reformed account of scientific knowledge and moral values. However, until now there has been no detailed study of the context and impact of his project. This collection of essays by recognized authorities in the fields of history, history of science, and philosophy thus represents the first attempt to do justice to a magisterial nineteenth-centuryintellectual. More generally, it makes an important contribution to our understanding of Victorian intellectual life and its aftermath.
Menachem Fisch is a Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at University of Tel Aviv. Simon Schaffer is a University Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University.
Title:William Whewell: A Composite PortraitFormat:HardcoverDimensions:418 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.14 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198249004

ISBN - 13:9780198249009


Editorial Reviews

'It brings together thirteen accomplished Whewell scholars to explore the context and content of his prodigious life and work. If one wishes to work historically into the Whewell text, one can do no better than begin with Composite Portrait'Don McNally, Pascal Centre, Ontario, History of Science, Volume 25, 1992