Making Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: Practices, Objects, and Texts, 1400-1800

Making Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: Practices, Objects, and Texts, 1400-1800

by Pamela H. Smith
     
 

The fruits of knowledge—such as books, data, and ideas—tend to generate far more attention than the ways in which knowledge is produced and acquired. Correcting this imbalance, Making Knowledge in Early Modern Europe brings together a wide-ranging yet tightly integrated series of essays that explore how knowledge was obtained and demonstrated in

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The fruits of knowledge—such as books, data, and ideas—tend to generate far more attention than the ways in which knowledge is produced and acquired. Correcting this imbalance, Making Knowledge in Early Modern Europe brings together a wide-ranging yet tightly integrated series of essays that explore how knowledge was obtained and demonstrated in Europe during an intellectually explosive four centuries, when standard methods of inquiry took shape across several fields of intellectual pursuit.

Composed by scholars in disciplines ranging from the history of science to art history to religious studies, the pieces collected here look at the production and consumption of knowledge as a social process within many different communities. They focus, in particular, on how the methods employed by scientists and intellectuals came to interact with the practices of craftspeople and practitioners to create new ways of knowing. Examining the role of texts, reading habits, painting methods, and countless other forms of knowledge making, this volume brilliantly illuminates the myriad ways these processes affected and were affected by the period’s monumental shifts in culture and learning.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226763293
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/22/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,391,750
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction Knowledge and Its Making in Early Modern Europe Pamela H. Smith Smith, Pamela H. Bentamin Schmidt Schmidt, Bentamin 1

Making Knowledge From the Margins

1 Women Engineers and the Culture of the Pyrenees: Indigenous Knowledge and Engineering in Seventeenth-Century France Chandra Mukerji Mukerji, Chandra 19

2 Visual Representation as Instructional Text: Jan van Eyck and The Ghent Altarpiece Linda Seidel Seidel, Linda 45

3 Explosive Affinities: Pyrotechnic Knowledge in Early Modern Europe Simon Werrett Werrett, Simon 68

4 Naming and Knowing: The Global Politics of Eighteenth-Century Botanical Nomenclatures Londa Schiebinger Schiebinger, Londa 90

5 Practices of Reading and Writing Novel Knowledge: Innovation in Dutch Literature and Society of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries Herman Pleij Pleij, Herman 109

6 Watches, Diary Writing, and the Search for Self-Knowledge in the Seventeenth Century Rudolf Dekker Dekker, Rudolf 127

7 The Moral of the Story: Children's Reading and the Catechism of Nature around 1800 Arianne Baggerman Baggerman, Arianne 143

8 Method as Knowledge: Scribal Theology, Protestantism, and the Reinvention of Shorthand in Sixteenth-Century England Lori Anne Ferrell Ferrell, Lori Anne 163

9 Boyle's Essay: Genre and the Making of Early Modern Knowledge Scott Black Black, Scott 178

The Reform of Knowledge

10 Making Sense of Medical Collections in Early Modern Holland: The Uses of Wonder Claudia Swan Swan, Claudia 199

11 In Search of True Knowledge: Ole Worm [1588-1654) and the New Philosophy Ole Peter Grell Grell, Ole Peter 214

12 Stone Gods and Counter-ReformationKnowledges Carina L. Johnson Johnson, Carina L. 233

13 Temple and Tabernacle: The Place of Religion in Early Modern England Jonathan Sheehan Sheehan, Jonathan 248

14 The Fiscal Logic of Enlightened German Science Andre Wakefield Wakefield, Andre 273

Notes 287

List of Contributors 347

Index 351

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