Dying to know : scientific epistemology and narrative in Victorian England / George Levine.

"Levine shows that for nineteenth-century scientists, novelists, poets, and philosophers, access to the truth depended on conditions of such profound self-abnegation that pursuit of it might be taken as tantamount to the pursuit of death. The Victorians, he argues, were dying to know in the sen...

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Main Author: Levine, George Lewis
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2002.
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Summary:"Levine shows that for nineteenth-century scientists, novelists, poets, and philosophers, access to the truth depended on conditions of such profound self-abnegation that pursuit of it might be taken as tantamount to the pursuit of death. The Victorians, he argues, were dying to know in the sense that they could imagine achieving pure knowledge only in a condition where the body ceases to make its claims: to achieve enlightenment, virtue, and salvation, one must die."--Jacket
Physical Description:1 online resource (xi, 326 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-315) and index.
ISBN:9780226475387
0226475387