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Harrisonomastix: dismantling the connection between experimental religion and experimental science in early modern England

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The main purpose of this seminar is to demonstrate the power of research methods being developed at Lancaster University which apply computer linguistic analyses to scientific (and other) texts made available via Early English Books Online. The seminar will focus on early modern English discourses of experiment. I will argue that these methods have refuted the claim of Prof. Peter Harrison (Intellectual History, 2011: doi: 10.1080/17496977.2011.623882) that discourse of ‘experimental philosophy’ was facilitated by an earlier discourse of ‘experimental religion’.

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminars in History and Philosophy of Science series.

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