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The Conspiracy Against Truth

in Victorian Relativity

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780226327327
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226327365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226327365.003.0001
The Conspiracy Against Truth

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This book explains the concept of rigorous scientific “truth to nature” and the obvious charge of anxiety that coursed from Victorian moral culture. This concept is understood as a two-dimensional view of the Victorian intellectual scene and is named as “relativity.” Although the doctrine of relativity has always served undeclared political and philosophical agendas, the enigma of its influence remains as it is found to be full of flaws as an analytical method. The intensity of the general aversion toward relativistic thinking suggests that it springs from deeper and more obstinate sources than merely intellectual disagreement. The instance of Berlin brings into light the central element that is the “spectral” quality of relativism. The book discusses the intellectual history that aims to break down the impossible separation from one another of different fields of thought, and at the same time, to bridge the gaps dividing Victorian, modern, and postmodern.

Keywords: truth to nature; Victorian moral culture; intellectual history; spectral; postmodern

Chapter.  14875 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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