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Letters on the Laws of Man's Nature and Development

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

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  • 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.

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    • 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

    Preface
    Mottoes
    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
    Appendix.

  • Authors

    Henry George Atkinson

    Harriet Martineau

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