Ferguson C (2022) Anna Kingsford and the Intuitive Science of Occultism. Aries, 22 (1), pp. 114-135. https://doi.org/10.1163/15700593-02201006
Feminist, anti-vivisectionist, occultist, and one of the first British women to qualify as a medical doctor, Anna Kingsford remains notably absent from recent studies of Victorian science and spiritualism. Her efforts to synthesize occult and scientific worldviews have been side-lined by those of male contemporaries such as Oliver Lodge and Alfred Russel Wallace, ones whose professional status and gender coordinates more readily align with implicit assumptions about the kind of person for whom disenchantment posed an intellectual problem that might best be solved in the laboratory. My paper positions Kingsford at the very heart of the late Victorian project to accommodate scientific innovation and spiritual belief by tracing her attempts to forge an intuitive epistemology superior to what she viewed as the deeply suspect championship of objectivity. In doing so, it aims to expose and redress blind spots within recent esotericism studies-based approaches to the disenchantment debate.
Anna Kingsford; disenchantment; intuition; occultism; women in medicine; feminist epistemology of science
Aries: Volume 22, Issue 1
|Publication date online||22/11/2021|
|Date accepted by journal||22/11/2021|