An Unlikely Hero: George Scott Robertson by Dorothy Anderson

By Dorothy Anderson

Starting his occupation as a British health care professional significant in Afghanistan, George Scott Robertson came upon himself protecting Chitral citadel in 1895 opposed to a besieging strength of millions of tribesmen. He used to be celebrated as a hero, yet this used to be just one bankruptcy in what was once a unprecedented existence. traveling in India, Canada and Kafiristan, he took half in several army expeditions at the Frontier, wrote a popular ethnography, 'The Kafirs of the Hindu Kush', and in later existence turned a vociferous MP representing primary Bradford, whos radical Liberal perspectives either happy and stunned his parts. Elegantly written and good researched from fabrics supplied by way of the Robertson family members, 'An not likely Hero: George Scott Robertson' is the tale of an adventurer, ethnographer, soldier, health practitioner, businessman and flesh presser, on the way to be of curiosity to any scholar of the interval.

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Dans Hermès III. La traduction le chapitre « Turner traduit Carnot »39 montre comment la peinture peut exprimer par les moyens qui sont les siens les lois de la thermodynamique. Non pas analogie vague ou lointaine, ni a fortiori comparaison, mais mise au jour d’une entrexpression comme celles dont Leibniz composa son harmonie. Le peintre anglais dit la même chose que le physicien français, mais autrement. De même, les lois de l’hérédité sont à lire chez Zola40 tout autant que chez Mendel. D’ailleurs, l’attention portée par les sciences les plus modernes au détail rapproche celles-ci des arts41.

D’un côté, à l’hôtel de Nevers où est installée une antenne de l’école des hautes études en sciences sociales, baptisée centre Alexandre Koyré, un groupe pratique l’histoire érudite des sciences du passé, à travers les textes originaux ; de l’autre, rue du Four, sous la houlette de Gaston Bachelard, puis de Georges Canguilhem à l’Institut d’histoire des sciences et des techniques, intégré à la Sorbonne, on préfère l’histoire épistémologique, une histoire jugée, sanctionnée, qui méprise l’histoire érudite jugée purement descriptive7.

Avec lui, le muthos prend sur le logos une belle revanche. La Fontaine25 devient plus important que n’importe quel grand philosophe de la tradition. Et à ceux que ce mode de présentation des idées chiffonne, notre auteur répond que les Méditations métaphysiques de Descartes, unanimement considérées comme l’un des sommets de la philosophie spéculative classique, ont la forme d’un récit26. indb 28 04/08/10 18:05 Un conteur n’est pas en peine à dire sans lassitude les mêmes histoires. Serres est un penseur-récitant qui n’a pas cessé de recommencer, de reprendre inlassablement les mythes et les légendes27.

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