Value-Change and Creativity

  • N.-E. Sahlin
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 258)


England, during the last decades of the 19th century, is a society full of fixed expectations and rigid values. The Victorian way of thinking was, for example, permeated by the idea of an objective sexual norm. Theresa Berkley, a well-known businesswoman of the time, knew how to make money out of prejudices. At her establishment the frustrated Victorian gentleman could choose from an ample menu of sexual recreation. Her brothels for flagellants offered an impressive repertoire of services: one could get “birched, whipped, fustigated, scourged, needle-picked, half-hung, holly-brushed, furse-brushed, butcher-brushed, stinging-nettled, curry-combed, phlebotomized”. But it doesn’t matter how good you are, you do not get rich flogging them one at a time. Theresa Berkley realized this and invented history’s first flogging machine, the Berkley Horse, and made her self a small fortune)


Classical Logic Conceptual Space Creative Mathematician Nonmonotonic Logic Good Mathematician 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N.-E. Sahlin
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyGothenburg UniversitySweden

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