T.W. Staley

Affiliation: 

Virginia Tech

SPECULATIVE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE & ENGLISH-LANGUAGE EDUCATION – SOME EPISODES FROM c.1850-1950

The mid-nineteenth century witnessed an increasingly dominant – but far from unanimous – movement in academic philosophy toward methods advertising themselves as explicitly ‘scientific’ in character. Dissenters from this trend advertised their work in a variety of ways, but could hardly be expected to go so far as to call their own position ‘unscientific’. Instead, they more frequently explored ways in which philosophy proper might entail a wider conceptual basis than that of science, and thus encompass that field within a more panoramic frame.