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Richard B. Schwartz
University of Missouri, Columbia (Columbia, MO 65211-3020)

Dr. Johnson and the New Philosophy

Study of the impact of empirical science on the writings and thought of Samuel Johnson. The relationship of literature and science in the eighteenth century has not received the attention it deserves; recent studies indicate that science and empirical methodology were central to the intellectual thought of the period. In an age when human experience and human knowledge were treated as a whole, rather than in terms of narrow specializations, men of letters were constantly aware of the political, social, philosophical, theological, and literary implications of the "new philosophy" of science. Study focuses on Johnson's knowledge of and writings on science, his views of Baconian science, and his attempts to provide justification and encouragement of science on the basis of humanistic and religious principles. Fellow has previously written articles on Johnson and edited Samuel Johnson's Medical Biographies to be published in The Sources of Science series.

Project fields:
Philosophy, General

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Research Programs

Total amounts:
$1,500 (approved)
$1,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1970 – 8/31/1970