Logic, Signs and Nature in the Renaissance: The Case of Learned Medicine

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This is a major work by Ian Maclean exploring the foundations of learning in the Renaissance. Logic, Signs and Nature offers a profoundly learned, compelling and original account of the range of what was thinkable and knowable by learned medics of the period c.1530-1630. This is a study of great significance to the history of medicine, as well as the history of European ideas in general.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...an excellent guide to the labyrinth of sixteenth-century medical opinions and controversies." Renaissance Quarterly

"It is certain to be standard...a brilliant performance." Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

"[T]o fail to read this book would be to ignore one of the most original contributions to the intellectual history of medieval and Renaissance medicine in recent years... This beautifully produced book will fundamentally change every reader's perception of Renaissance medicine and will no doubt shape the way the discipline is studied for many years to come." Cornelius O'Boyle, Isis

From The Critics
In a companion to his 1992 , Maclean (Renaissance studies, U. of Oxford) is concerned with the extraction of sense from words and signs in medicine, and the rules used to regulate such extraction. He draws on writers whose modes of thought and expression were widely known in the medical community, though they may not be well known now. His emphasis is less on recovering intention from words than on the practice of drawing deductive inferences from complex evidence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521806480
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Series: Ideas in Context Series, #62
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Maclean is Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and Titular Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Oxford. His many publications include The Renaissance Notion of Women (1980), Montaigne (1982), The Political Responsibility of Intellectuals (edited, with Alan Montefiore and Peter Winch; 1990), Interpretation and Meaning in the Renaissance: The Case of Law (1992) and Montaigne: Philosophe (1996).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Notes on the text and its modes of reference; Introduction; 1. Learned medicine 1500–1630; 2. The transmission of medical knowledge; 3. The discipline of medicine; 4. The arts course: grammar, logic and dialectics; 5. The arts course: signs, induction, mathematics, experientia; 6. Interpreting medical texts; 7. The content of medical thought; 8. The doctrine of signs; Postscript; Bibliography; Index of names and terms.

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