History and the Disciplines: The Reclassification of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

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This collection of essays addresses, in specific historical ways and from particular disciplinary standpoints, the problem of knowledge and what used to be called the classification of the sciences. What is, or what passes for, knowledge? What are its divisions, and how should they be related? Who possesses this knowledge, and to what uses has it been put? How is it transmitted, and how can its history be understood and written? Ranging across the epistemological barrier formed by the revolution of modern ...
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Overview

This collection of essays addresses, in specific historical ways and from particular disciplinary standpoints, the problem of knowledge and what used to be called the classification of the sciences. What is, or what passes for, knowledge? What are its divisions, and how should they be related? Who possesses this knowledge, and to what uses has it been put? How is it transmitted, and how can its history be understood and written? Ranging across the epistemological barrier formed by the revolution of modern science, these contributions inquire into the changing disciplinary patterns of the tumultuous times between the renaissance and the enlightenment, that saw the fragmentation of old ideals and the creation of European modernity. Contributors: Donald R. Kelley, Ann Blair, Paul Nelles, Constance Blackwell, Ulrich Schneider, Martin Mulsow, J.B. Schneewind, Donald Verene, Peter Miller, Ann Moyers, Michael Seidler, Anthony Pagden, Paula Findlen, Anthony Grafton, Heikki Mikkeli, Nicholas Jardine, Londa Schiebinger.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878822857
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/7/1997
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 0.94 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Problem of Knowledge and the Concept of Discipline 13
Bodin, Montaigne, and the Role of Disciplinary Boundaries 29
The Library as an Instrument of Discovery: Gabriel Naude and the Uses of History 41
Thales Philosophus: The Beginning of Philosophy as a Discipline 61
Eclecticism and the History of Philosophy 83
Gundling vs. Buddeus: Competing Models of the History of Philosophy 103
No Discipline, No History: The Case of Moral Philosophy 127
Vico and the Barbarism of Reflection 143
An Antiquary between Philology and History: Peiresc and the Samaritans 163
Musical Scholarship in Italy at the End of the Renaissance, 1500-1650: From Veritas to Verisimilitude 185
Natural Law and History: Pufendorf's Philosophical Historiography 203
Eighteenth-Century Anthropology and the "History of Mankind" 223
Francis Bacon and the Reform of Natural History in the Seventeenth Century 239
From Apotheosis to Analysis: Some Late Renaissance Histories of Classical Astronomy 261
Legimitizing a Discipline: James Mackenzie's History of Health 1758 277
The Mantle of Muller and the Ghost of Goethe: Interactions between the Sciences and The Histories 297
Gender in Early Modern Science 319
Index 335
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