Huxley and scientific agnosticism: the strange history of a failed rhetorical strategy.

@article{Lightman2002HuxleyAS,
  title={Huxley and scientific agnosticism: the strange history of a failed rhetorical strategy.},
  author={B. Lightman},
  journal={British journal for the history of science},
  year={2002},
  volume={35 126 Pt 3},
  pages={
          271-89
        }
}
  • B. Lightman
  • Published 2002
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • British journal for the history of science
  • Huxley's invention of the term 'agnostic' in 1869 is often seen as a brilliant rhetorical strategy. Portrayed as an effective weapon in Huxley's public debates with defenders of the Anglican establishment, the creation of scientific agnosticism has been interpreted as a turning point in the relationship between science and religion. In this paper I will challenge this interpretation of the rise of scientific agnosticism. Huxley was reluctant to identify himself unambiguously as an agnostic in… CONTINUE READING
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