Title: The Culture of Nature in Britain, 1680-1860
Publisher: Yale University Press, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2009
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
A very clean and well preserved copy, free of any markings except for three tiny lines of notes on the back end paper. Bookseller Inventory # 003942
This wide-ranging book investigates the emergence of modern ideas about the natural world in Britain from 1680–1860 through an examination of the cultural values common to the sciences, art, literature, and natural theology. During this critical period, spanned by Newtonian science, natural theology, Darwin?s Origin of Species, and Ruskin?s Modern Painters, the fundamental conception of nature and humanity?s place within it changed.
P. M. Harman calls for a new understanding of the varied ways in which the British comprehended natural beauty, from the perception of nature as a “design? flowing from God?s creative power to the Darwinian naturalistic aesthetic. Harman connects a variety of differing views of nature deriving from religion, science, visual art, philosophy, and literature to developments in agriculture, manufacturing, and the daily lives of individuals. This ambitious and accessible book represents intellectual history at its best.
About the Author:
Peter Harman is Professor Emeritus of the history of science at Lancaster University.
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