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Victorian Psychology and British Culture 1850–1880

Rick Rylance


Victorian psychology was fiercely controversial and contested by parties representing the whole span of nineteenth-century opinion. It developed from a theory of the soul to one which understood the human mind as a part of the natural world. In its most advanced forms it embraced new evolutionary ideas, and was considered by its opponents to be a bastard child of materialism. But this was a genuinely interdisciplinary field, and biomedical scientists, philosophers, novelists, poets, theologians, social commentators, and doctors fought for the ascendancy of their ideas. The emerging discipline ... More

Keywords: Victorian psychology, human mind, cultural debate, Bain, Spencer, Lewes, George Eliot, evolution, materialism, psychological theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198122838
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122838.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rick Rylance, author
Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge