Science and Technology

Laura Dassow Walls

in The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780195331035
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Science and Technology

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The article enlarges upon the impact of specific sciences on Transcendentalism. It explores how the popularity of botany both enlarged and limited the world of intellectual women such as Mary Moody Emerson and Sarah Ripley and how Thoreau turned his own love of botany into a new science that would eventually be called “ecology”. Apart from discussing how the Transcendentalists reacted when Charles Darwin used evolution to blow the snug universe to smithereens, the article also talks about how every graduate of Harvard was taught how natural philosophy (now called physics) complemented moral philosophy, completing a satisfying view of a universe designed by an artful God. Considering Emerson and Thoreau the article states that the connections between science and Transcendentalism run so deep as to be definitive.

Keywords: science; technology; Charles Darwin; physics; ecology

Article.  5594 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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