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The Derby philosophers

Science and culture in British urban society, 1700-1850

By Paul A. Elliott

The Derby philosophers
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  • ISBN: 9780719079221
  • Publish Date: Aug 2009
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    Book Information

    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7922-1
    • Pages: 304
    • Price: £85.00
    • Published Date: August 2009

    Description

    The Derby Philosophers focuses upon the activities of a group of Midland intellectuals that included the evolutionist and physician Erasmus Darwin, Rev. Thomas Gisborne the evangelical philosopher and poet, Robert Bage the novelist, Charles Sylvester the chemist and engineer, William George and his son Herbert Spencer, the internationally renowned evolutionist philosopher who coined the phrase 'survival of the fittest', and members of the Wedgwood and Strutt families.

    The book explores how, inspired by science and through educational activities, publications and institutions including the famous Derbyshire General Infirmary (1810) and Derby Arboretum (1840), the Derby philosophers strove to promote social, political and urban improvements with national and international consequences. Much more than a parochial history of one intellectual group or town, this book examines science, politics and culture during one of the most turbulent periods of British history.

    Contents

    List of figures
    Introduction
    1 Politics, religion, urban culture and Natural Philosophy, c.1700-1770
    2 Natural Philosophy and utility.
    3 Joseph Wright, John Whitehurst and Derby philosophical culture c.1760-1783
    4 The Derby Philosophical Society.
    5 Dissent, politics and Natural Philosophy: the campaigns of the 1780s and 1790s
    6 Enlightenment and improvement: The campaign for the enclosure of common lands during the 1790s
    7 The Derby Literary and Philosophical Society
    8 The Derbyshire General Infirmary
    9 Evolution: Erasmus Darwin, William George Spencer and Herbert Spencer.
    10 Women and Derby scientific culture, c.1780-1850
    11: Civic science and rational recreation: the Derby Mechanic's Institute (1825) and the Derby Arboretum (1840)
    Conclusion
    Appendix: members of the Derby Philosophical Society (1783-1850) and members of the Derby Literary and Philosophical Society (1908-1816)
    Select bibliography
    Index

    Author

    Paul Elliott is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Derby

    The Derby philosophers

    By Paul A. Elliott

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