By Courtney Weiss Smith
Featuring a second in past due 17th- and early eighteenth-century
England ahead of the disciplinary divisions that we inherit this day have been established,
Empiricist Devotions recovers one of those empiricist considering during which the
strategies and emphases of technology, faith, and literature mixed and cooperated. This brand
of empiricism was once devoted to particularized scrutiny and epistemological modesty. It was
Protestant in its permitting premises and meditative practices. It earnestly affirmed that
figurative language supplied an important instruments for examining the divinely written global. Smith
recovers this empiricism in Robert Boyle’s analogies, Isaac Newton’s metaphors, John
Locke’s narratives, Joseph Addison’s personifications, Daniel Defoe’s diction,
John Gay’s periphrases, and Alexander Pope’s descriptive details. She thereby
demonstrates that "literary" language performed a key position in shaping and giving voice to
the worries of eighteenth-century technology and faith alike.
Empiricist Devotions combines highbrow historical past with shut readings of a
big choice of texts, from sermons, devotional journals, and financial tracts to georgic poems,
it-narratives, and microscopy treatises. This prizewinning ebook has very important implications for
our knowing of cultural and literary background, as students of the period’s science
haven't totally favored figurative language’s significant position in empiricist proposal, while
students of its faith and literature have missed the intense empiricist commitments
motivating richly figurative devotional and poetic texts.
Winner of the Walker
Cowen Memorial Prize for a very good paintings of Scholarship in Eighteenth-Century
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Empiricist Devotions: Science, Religion, and Poetry in Early Eighteenth-Century England by Courtney Weiss Smith