Witcraft: The invention of philosophy in English by Jonathan Rée

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January–February 2020, no. 418
Janna Thompson reviews 'Witcraft: The invention of philosophy in English' by Jonathan Rée

Witcraft: The invention of philosophy in English

by Jonathan Rée

Allen Lane, $75 hb, 768 pp, 9780713999334

Witcraft: The invention of philosophy in English by Jonathan Rée

by
January–February 2020, no. 418

Mary Ann Evans arrived in London from country Warwickshire in 1851 into an environment of intellectuals who believed in the progress of the human spirit through criticism of superstition and the application of science. Working first as a translator and critic, she became for a time the editor of the Westminster Review, a journal that had been turned by John Stuart Mill into a forum for philosophical radicals. Evans had plans to write a critique of the doctrine of immorality but her partner, George Lewes, who was famous for a work on the lives of philosophers, encouraged her to write fiction. She began with sketches of rural life using the name George Eliot.

Janna Thompson reviews 'Witcraft: The invention of philosophy in English' by Jonathan Rée

Witcraft: The invention of philosophy in English

by Jonathan Rée

Allen Lane, $75 hb, 768 pp, 9780713999334

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