Perception and Analogy: Poetry, Science, and Religion in the Eighteenth Century (Hardcover)

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Perception and analogy explores ways of seeing scientifically in the eighteenth century. The book examines how sensory experience is conceptualised during the period, drawing novel connections between treatments of perception as an embodied phenomenon and the creative methods employed by natural philosophers. Covering a wealth of literary, theological, and pedagogical texts that engage with astronomy, optics, ophthalmology, and the body, it argues for the significance of analogies for conceptualising and explaining new scientific ideas. As well as identifying their use in religious and topographical poetry, the book addresses how analogies are visible in material culture through objects such as orreries, camera obscuras, and aeolian harps. It makes the vital claim that scientific concepts become intertwined with Christian discourse through reinterpretations of origins and signs, the scope of the created universe, and the limits of embodied knowledge.

About the Author


Rosalind Powell is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Bristol
Product Details
ISBN: 9781526157041
ISBN-10: 1526157047
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: October 19th, 2021
Pages: 296
Language: English