Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Look Inside Letters on the Laws of Man's Nature and Development

Letters on the Laws of Man's Nature and Development


  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108004152

£ 31.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Henry George Atkinson (c.1812–c.1890), a free thinker and supporter of naturalism, published extensively on phrenology, mesmerism, and spiritualism. He became acquainted with the professional writer, political activist and radical philosopher Harriet Martineau (1802–76) in the 1840s, when she attributed her recovery from a long illness to mesmerism. Their correspondence was published in 1851, and promotes a radical form of atheistic naturalism, more extreme than that found in George Combe's best-selling Constitution of Man (also published in this series). It ranges widely over topics including the brain and the nervous system, matter and causation, superstition, theology and science. The book promotes the purity of natural law as superior to social customs and institutions, and reflects many concerns of the intelligentsia of the time, amongst whom it stirred up much controversy.

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108004152
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Inquiry for a basis
    2. Proposal of a basis
    3. Preparation of the ground
    4. What is the brain?
    5. Inquiry about its structure
    6. Early days of phrenology
    7. Inquiry for new discoveries
    8. Methods of new discovery
    9. Illustrative cases
    10. Organic arrangement of the cerebrum
    11. Dr. Howe's report on idiocy
    12. The senses and nervous system
    13. Illustrative comment
    14. Facts about the senses under various conditions
    15. Raising questions
    16. Bacon, on matter and causation
    17. Nothing
    18. Knowledge and notions
    19. Release from notions
    20. Natural history of superstition
    21. Theology and science
    22. Central law and pervasive unity
    23. Position and privilege of truth-seekers
    24. Position and privilege of truth-speakers

  • Authors

    Henry George Atkinson

    Harriet Martineau

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.