Engaging the Unknowable: Modernism, Science, and Epistemology

  title={Engaging the Unknowable: Modernism, Science, and Epistemology},
  author={Joshua R. Galat},
My dissertation is situated at the intersection of modernism, print culture, and early-twentieth-century post-Newtonian physics, namely relativity theory and quantum theory. I investigate the ways in which the emerging concept of the unknowable—loosely defined as that which is beyond knowledge but maintains an influence on what can be known—catalyzed a cultural reorientation away from Victorian notions of positivism and progress and toward those aspects of reality that resist knowledge…