Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
This paper attempts to find in the facts of George Eliot's life the evidences of positive philosophy, to trace the philosophy to its logical basis and to show its influence on her work. There are many who say such a study is useless or at best unimportant, but I do not agree. I am not attempting to "piece out" an entire philosophy by combining fragmentary allusions I have found in her work. I am not disappointed to find her thought inconsistent, or mixed, or different at one period from another. There is no philosophical system that must not admit ambiguity and inconsistency if it proceeds far enough. Life presents problems which probably never will be solved.
Jones, Bernice, "Positivism in the Works of George Elliot" (1941). Graduate Thesis Collection. 367.