Lecture Notes 7

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Unformatted text preview: 227B7=<B=:7AB7<5/::=4B630==9NA;/<GA173<B7O1 inadequacies, Sedgwick lamented its ”rank, unbending and degrading materialism”, which – among other things - he feared would lead astray “our glorious matrons and maidens”. Ironically, Sedgwick also speculated that the anonymous author might be a woman – Harriet Martineau, perhaps, or the Countess Ada Lovelace? 35 Sedgwick’s view, privately expressed "I do from my soul abhor the sentiments, and I believe I could have crushed the book by proving it base, vulgar in spirit, (not so in dress and manner, and there is the mischief of it, but I would have strived to strip off the outer covering and show its inner deformity and foulness,) false, shallow, worthless, and, with the garb of philosophy, starting from principles which are at variance with all sober inductive truth. The sober &!#43/&'%/,/'93(5&A%$3/!34/0,!9!2/'5%3'!-%  phrenology (that sinkhole of human folly and prating #/8#/-"29 30/.4!.%/53'%.%2!4)/. 42!.3-54!4)/./&30%#)%3  !.$+./7./47(!4 !,,4/"%37!,,/...
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