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Joseph Banks and the English Enlightenment : useful knowledge and polite culture / John Gascoigne
Bib ID 1693221
Format BookBook
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Gascoigne, John, 1951-
 
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Description Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994 
xi, 324 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. 
ISBN 0521450772
Summary

Joseph Banks's name is attached to various plant species and geographical locations around the world; he was a long-time president of the Royal Society, Privy Counsellor and adviser to the British government on a range of scientific and imperial issues. He was a driving force in the establishment of a penal colony at Botany Bay. Yet there are few monuments to him and while he has been the subject of a number of biographies, these have focused on his personal career rather than his relationship with some of the major movements of the period. This book places the work of Joseph Banks in the context of the Enlightenment. It aims at a better understanding of Banks himself as well as seeking to provide an analysis of some of the major scientific and cultural preoccupations of late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century British society.

Banks's relation to the currents of thought associated with the Enlightenment is explored through a number of thematic chapters. These deal with the cultural ideal of the 'virtuoso' and the pursuit of natural history and anthropology, the practice of 'improvement' and the political and intellectual forces which contributed to the waning of the enlightenment in England.

Full contents
  • 1. Joseph Banks: A Biographical Sketch
  • 2. The Limits of Enlightenment
  • 3. From Virtuoso to Botanist
  • 4. From Antiquarian to Anthropologist
  • 5. The Principles and Practice of Improvement
  • 6. The Waning of the English Enlightenment.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-309) and index.

Subjects Banks, Joseph, - Sir, - 1743-1820 - Views on science.  |  Science - Great Britain - History - 18th century.  |  Enlightenment - Great Britain.  |  Great Britain - Intellectual life - 18th century.

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