Huttonian


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Hut`to´ni`an


a.1.Relating to what is now called the Plutonic theory of the earth, first advanced by Dr. James Hutton.
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Mont Blanc's Mysterious Voice: Shelley and Huttonian Earth Science.
Leask, "Mont Blanc's Mysterious Voice: Shelley and Huttonian Earth Science," in The Third Culture: Literature and Science, ed.
The principle of Huttonian uniformism stated that the mountains periodically crumble by erosion and get into the sea, where they constitute the mass of the future mountains.
In the history of geology the year 1802 saw the publication of John Playfair's Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth which had a greater influence on opinion than the publication in 1795 of James Hutton's Theory of the Earth putting the theory on the map, so to speak, of public knowledge (Repcheck 2003).
As mentioned above, even though Coleridge had fundamental differences with the Huttonian theory in terms of either divine or secular causation of the earthly changes, he seems to be presenting a complex poetical vision of the wrestling ideas of both Burnet and Hutton in Kubla Khan.
For the Romantics' involvement see Nigel Leask, "Mont Blanc's Mysterious Voice: Shelley and Huttonian Earth Science," in The Third Culture: Literature and Science, ed.
Similarly, in Act IV, Mephisto presents the `devilish' Huttonian view, summarized as `deranged convulsions', whereas the Neptunist position is defended by Faust and characterized by a string of positive attributes, such as `noble' and `pure'.