Casuistical connections from Dunton to Defoe /

by Fossum, John E.

Abstract (Summary)
This master's thesis is primarily concerned with the philosophical conditions of late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England that encouraged the emergence of periodical literature and perpetuated the birth of the novel. While most connections between periodical literature and the novel are made on how the former created the readership that ensured the latter?s success, I focus on how the epistemology unique to the advent of empirical science together with the growing prominence of casuistic thought created a space in which periodical literature could emerge and the early novel could flourish. I investigate the underlying assertion of a particular philosophical amalgam that I call casuistic-empiricism. Such philosophies encouraged the Renaissance trend that devalued letter-of-the-law thinking, which led ultimately to a significant epistemological transformation in seventeenth-century England.
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School:Brigham Young University

School Location:USA - Utah

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:casuist casuistry casuistic casuistical john dunton daniel defoe donne empiricism periodical literature early novel epistemology epistemological science


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