An Epistemological Journey: The Uncertainty of Construed Realities in The Time Machine

  • Károly PintérEmail author


The above utterance of the Time Traveller at about halfway through H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine signals a crucial resolution of the protagonist. After realising that his time machine has been mysteriously stolen and hidden, and therefore he is marooned in the distant future, in a completely alien and unknown environment, he forces himself to regain his composure after bouts of desperate hysteria and adopt the model attitude of the natural scientist: that of the dispassionate, detached observer, who collects sensory data about the natural phenomena around them and then ventures to set up a hypothesis in order to make sense of them. The Time Traveller’s declaration is also a classic statement of the epistemological optimism characteristic of nineteenth-century positivism: with endurance, patience and systematic work, all the mysteries of this future world will be unravelled, all will be eventually explained.1


Time Traveller Time Machine Science Fiction Final Hypothesis Scientific Intelligence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of English and American StudiesPéter Pázmány Catholic University (PPKE)BudapestHungary

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