Aaron R. Hanlon

Aaron R. Hanlon

Colby College

H-index: 5

North America-United States

About Aaron R. Hanlon

Aaron R. Hanlon, With an exceptional h-index of 5 and a recent h-index of 5 (since 2020), a distinguished researcher at Colby College, specializes in the field of British Literature, 1600-1815, the Enlightenment in Britain, philosophy of fiction, early modern history and philosophy of scien.

His recent articles reflect a diverse array of research interests and contributions to the field:

Abraham Cowley against Bacon's" Idols of the Mind"

From Writing Lives to Scaling Lives in Joseph Priestley's Chart of Biography

Sense and Sensibility as Social-Epistemic System

A Clubbable Man: Essays on Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture in Honor of Greg Clingham

Empirical Knowledge in the Eighteenth-century Novel: Beyond Realism

Systems Failure: The Uses of Disorder in English Literature

Disambiguating “Critical Theory”

Aaron R. Hanlon Information

University

Colby College

Position

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Citations(all)

69

Citations(since 2020)

52

Cited By

27

hIndex(all)

5

hIndex(since 2020)

5

i10Index(all)

3

i10Index(since 2020)

1

Email

University Profile Page

Colby College

Aaron R. Hanlon Skills & Research Interests

British Literature

1600-1815

the Enlightenment in Britain

philosophy of fiction

early modern history and philosophy of scien

Top articles of Aaron R. Hanlon

Abraham Cowley against Bacon's" Idols of the Mind"

Authors

Aaron R Hanlon

Journal

Configurations

Published Date

2024

This essay examines the contributions of Abraham Cowley's poetry to the development of Royal Society scientific methods in the seventeenth century, particularly through Cowley's clarification of the forms of cognitive bias that Francis Bacon called" idols of the mind." We should understand many of Cowley's poetic choices and stylistic recommendations as part of an effort to illustrate and shape the cognitive habits necessary for experimental science in the Baconian tradition. Beyond stylistic recommendations, Cowley was interested in understanding what makes for accurate perception and reasoned judgment, both of which were essential to poets and experimental scientists alike in this formative period. This essay places Cowley's poetry in the context of seventeenth-century conventions for style and perception among experimental scientists and concludes by examining how Thomas Sprat, Royal Society historian …

From Writing Lives to Scaling Lives in Joseph Priestley's Chart of Biography

Authors

Aaron R Hanlon

Journal

The Eighteenth Century

Published Date

2023

Joseph Priestley is often credited with the invention of the timeline for representing past lives and events, mainly in the Chart of Biography (1765) and Chart of History (1769). These efforts place Priestley squarely within the history of data visualization. This article argues that we should also consider Priestley's Chart of Biography as part of the history of biography or life writing, particularly because Priestley's A Description of a Chart of Biography, a written account of the Chart's purpose and methodology, accompanied the Chart itself. Toward that end, this article tracks the similarities between the epistemological and methodological aims of biographers such as Samuel Johnson and those of Priestley in his effort to represent lives" without the intervention of words," as he put it. In so doing, this article also identifies Priestley's contributions to the long history of the concept of data, from seventeenth-and eighteenth …

Sense and Sensibility as Social-Epistemic System

Authors

Aaron R Hanlon

Journal

Studies in the Novel

Published Date

2023

This article examines systems of inductive and deductive reasoning in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1811), placing Austen’s first novel in a longer historical context of how novels functioned as systems of social epistemology, or of scaling-up social knowledge. In so doing, this article demonstrates how Marianne, typically read as the unsystematic counterpart to her rational older sister, Elinor, actually proceeds from a rational system for making social judgments. The pitfalls both of these characters encounter due to flawed judgments are part of how Sense and Sensibility builds critique and error correction into its illustrations of social conundrums based on imperfect information, offering a model system for readers who would encounter comparable circumstances.

A Clubbable Man: Essays on Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture in Honor of Greg Clingham

Authors

Philip Smallwood,David Hopkins,Adam Rounce,Aaron R Hanlon,Robert G Walker,Gordon Turnbull,Martine Brownley,Cedric D Reverand II,John Richetti,Clement Hawes,Bärbel Czennia,Kevin L Cope,Dominic Jermey,Elaine Wood,Caroline Fassett,Joseph McNicholas,Margaret Williams,Erin Labbie,Patrick Thomas Henry,Adam Walker,Kang Tchou,Gary Sojka,Nina Forsberg,Daniel Little,James Rice,John Rickard,Antjie Krog,Kieron Winn,Emily Grosholz,Harry Thomas,Kate Parker

Published Date

2022/6/17

Samuel Johnson famously referred to his future biographer, the unsociable magistrate Sir John Hawkins, as “a most unclubbable man." Conversely, this celebratory volume gathers distinguished eighteenth-century studies scholars to honor the achievements, professional generosity, and sociability of Greg Clingham, taking as its theme textual and social group formations. Here, Philip Smallwood examines the “mirrored minds” of Johnson and Shakespeare, while David Hopkins parses intersections of the general and particular in three key eighteenth-century figures. Aaron Hanlon draws parallels between instances of physical rambling and rhetorical strategies in Johnson’s Rambler, while Cedric D. Reverand dissects the intertextual strands uniting Dryden and Pope. Contributors take up other topics significant to the field, including post-feminism, travel, and seismology. Whether discussing cultural exchange or textual reciprocities, each piece extends the theme, building on the trope of relationship to organize and express its findings. Rounding out this collection are tributes from Clingham’s former students and colleagues, including original poetry.

Empirical Knowledge in the Eighteenth-century Novel: Beyond Realism

Authors

Aaron R Hanlon

Journal

Elements in Eighteenth-Century Connections

Published Date

2022/11

This Element examines the eighteenth-century novel's contributions to empirical knowledge. Realism has been the conventional framework for treating this subject within literary studies. This Element identifies the limitations of the realism framework for addressing the question of knowledge in the eighteenth-century novel. Moving beyond the familiar focus in the study of novelistic realism on problems of perception and representation, this Element focuses instead on how the eighteenth-century novel staged problems of inductive reasoning. It argues that we should understand the novel's contributions to empirical knowledge primarily in terms of what the novel offered as training ground for methods of reasoning, rather than what it offered in terms of formal innovations for representing knowledge. We learn from such a shift that the eighteenth-century novel was not a failed experiment in realism, or in representing …

Systems Failure: The Uses of Disorder in English Literature

Authors

Sean Silver

Published Date

2021/3/1

It is impossible to read Andrew Franta’s Systems Failure without reflecting on our time as a moment of profound system collapse. Banking systems, ecosystems, systems of checks and balances, now the public health system and systems of law: all have proven prone to fail. But why they fail is harder to pin down. There is no particularly good way to arrive at the logic of failure from within the systems themselves, or the logics those systems project. Systems like Smithian economics or Linnaean botany were meant to be engines of limitless progress; each offers the sort of logic that informs the upward-trending graphs appear ing with repetitive, systematic regularity in book after Steven Pinker book. Yet they all, differently, fail. So, maybe it is time to start thinking that failure is built into the premise of system, not by design, but by some other necessary, internal contradiction. It is time to register that systems can fail by …

Disambiguating “Critical Theory”

Authors

Aaron Hanlon

Journal

Liberalism and Socialism: Mortal Enemies or Embittered Kin?

Published Date

2021

Conflict and confluence between liberalism and socialism in twenty-first-century US politics reverberates in the culture wars in the idiom of “critical theory.” From at least the time of Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind (1987) and the 1996 Sokal affair, variations on the critical theory bugbear have been at the center of US culture wars.

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Aaron R. Hanlon FAQs

What is Aaron R. Hanlon's h-index at Colby College?

The h-index of Aaron R. Hanlon has been 5 since 2020 and 5 in total.

What are Aaron R. Hanlon's top articles?

The articles with the titles of

Abraham Cowley against Bacon's" Idols of the Mind"

From Writing Lives to Scaling Lives in Joseph Priestley's Chart of Biography

Sense and Sensibility as Social-Epistemic System

A Clubbable Man: Essays on Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture in Honor of Greg Clingham

Empirical Knowledge in the Eighteenth-century Novel: Beyond Realism

Systems Failure: The Uses of Disorder in English Literature

Disambiguating “Critical Theory”

are the top articles of Aaron R. Hanlon at Colby College.

What are Aaron R. Hanlon's research interests?

The research interests of Aaron R. Hanlon are: British Literature, 1600-1815, the Enlightenment in Britain, philosophy of fiction, early modern history and philosophy of scien

What is Aaron R. Hanlon's total number of citations?

Aaron R. Hanlon has 69 citations in total.

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