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Mid-nineteenth century conflict: Religious and scientific discourse in English architectural history

Cobb, ER; (2005) Mid-nineteenth century conflict: Religious and scientific discourse in English architectural history. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Introduction It seems architectural historians either write about science and architecture, or they write about religion and architecture, and there certainly have been many books written solely about Victorian churches. Even so, I have yet to find a scholar who writes about the relationship between Victorian science and religion with respect to architecture. Most general historians tend to write about the relationship between science and religion in Victorian times as an 'invasion' of scientific facts that strain or force the hand of religious thought until eventually religion succumbs to secularisation. Instead, I propose that scientific theories and metaphors were articulated in art and architectural writing and speech precisely because these ideas took root in religious understandings. To be clear, I am not suggesting some kind of Zeitgeist, but rather that the presence of religious conceptions made the scientific metaphors and theories of the mid-nineteenth century resonate, made these ideas possible and plausible, as seen in locally articulated art and architectural writing and commentary.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Mid-nineteenth century conflict: Religious and scientific discourse in English architectural history
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Third party copyright material has been removed from the ethesis. Images identifying individuals have been redacted or partially redacted to protect their identity.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569446
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