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The Metaphysical Society (1869-1880): Intellectual Life in Mid-Victorian England

Catherine Marshall, Bernard Lightman, and Richard England

Abstract

The Metaphysical Society was founded in 1869 at the instigation of James Knowles, editor of the Contemporary Review and then of the Nineteenth Century, as a private dining and debate club that gathered together a latter-day clerisy. Building on the tradition of the Cambridge Apostles, the founding members elected talented men from across the Victorian intellectual spectrum: bishops, one Cardinal, philosophers, scientists, literary figures, and politicians. There were liberals and conservatives, empiricists and intuitionists, and Protestants, Catholics, and unbelievers. It included in its 62 me ... More

Keywords: Metaphysical Society, liberalism, miracles, evolution, ethics, intuitionism, empiricism, Catholicism, Protestantism, unbelievers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198846499
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198846499.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Marshall, editor
Professor of British Studies, Université de Cergy-Pontoise

Bernard Lightman, editor
Distinguished Research Professor of Humanities, York University, Toronto

Richard England, editor

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Introduction: The Metaphysical Society in Context

Catherine Marshall, Bernard Lightman, and Richard England

Part I Society and the Politics of Engagement

Part II Miracles, Unseen Universes, and Natural Causes

Part III Intuitionism and Empiricism: Mapping the Boundaries

Postscript

Richard England, Bernard Lightman, and Catherine Marshall

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