Travel Writing as Thought Experiments: Science, Francis Bacon, and Margaret Cavendish’s Blazing World
Emily Thomas (Durham University)

February 8, 2018, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
School of Philosophy, University College Dublin

D522, Newman Building
Belfield Dublin 4
Ireland

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Travel has a long and intimate history with philosophy. Travel also has a long and intimate relationship with fiction. Sometimes travel fiction acts as ‘thought experiments’, experiments that we can run through in our heads. 

This talk explores a 1666 fiction travelogue, Margaret Cavendish’s Blazing World. In the novel, a virtuous young lady is kidnapped and travels by boat through the North Pole into a new world. I argue this is no mere piece of science fiction. Instead, this travelogue acts as a distinctly philosophical thought experiment, exploring the philosophy of science, utopias, and what it means to be real.

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