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Author Riskin, Jessica.

Title Science in the age of sensibility : the sentimental empiricists of the French enlightenment / Jessica Riskin.

Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2002.

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Description 1 online resource (xii, 338 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-321) and index.
Contents Introduction : sensibility and enlightenment science -- The blind and the mathematically inclined -- Poor Richard's Leyden jar -- From electricity to economy -- The lawyer and the lightning rod -- The mesmerism investigation and the crisis of sensibilist science -- Languages of science and revolution -- Conclusion : the legacy of the sentimental empiricists.
Summary Empiricism today implies the dispassionate scrutiny of facts. But Jessica Riskin finds that in the French Enlightenment, empiricism was intimately bound up with sensibility. In what she calls a "sentimental empiricism," natural knowledge was taken to rest on a blend of experience and emotion. Riskin argues that sentimental empiricism brought together ideas and institutions, practices and politics. She shows, for instance, how the study of blindness, led by ideas about the mental and moral role of vision and by cataract surgeries, shaped the first school for the blind; how Benjamin Fr.
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Subject Science -- France -- History -- 18th century.
Enlightenment -- France.
Sensitivity (Personality trait)
Empiricism -- history.
Science -- history.
Chronological Term 1700-1799
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books -- History.
Other Form: Print version: Riskin, Jessica. Science in the age of sensibility. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2002 (DLC) 2002005793
ISBN 9780226720852 (electronic bk.)
0226720853 (electronic bk.)