(2023) Victoria Welby. Cambridge University Press.
In 1880s Britain, Victoria Welby (1837–1912) began creating a rich, wide-ranging metaphysical system. At its heart lies Motion, ‘the great fact, the supreme category’. Drawing extensively on archive materials, this book offers the first study of Welby’s metaphysics. It portrays her science-motivated universe as a complex of motions: motions comprise material bodies, living beings, and conscious minds. It also explores her views on idealism, panpsychism, change, space, and time. This study significantly advances our understanding of Welby’s philosophy, opening paths for future scholarship.