Saturday, February 11, 2012

Eliphalet Kimball's "Thoughts"

I've finished transcribing Eliphalet Kimball's 1867 Thoughts on Natural Principles, which is about a defense of anarchism, in articles that originally appeared in The Boston Investigator. The rest is frequently inspired medical and culinary crankery, which should be read carefully for the analogies presented between it and the political thought. Analogy was, after all, all the rage in the 19th century, even, apparently, if you were a radical New England doctor. I'm now working on transcribing a couple of additional essays and some responses, so I can reissue the book in expanded form this spring.

1 comment:

Roderick T. Long said...

Analogy was, after all, all the rage in the 19th century

Well, sure. After all, we have to establish the Analogical Relationship between NUMBER, as the General Domain of the Abstract Mathematics, and THE UNIVERSE AT LARGE, in respect to those Primary Metaphysical Discriminations which are -- within this less definite Domain -- equally fundamental, but -- apparently -- less exact than the corresponding Elemental Distributions of Number itself.