Natural Particulars: Nature and the Disciplines in Renaissance Europe by Anthony Grafton | 9780262071932 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Natural Particulars: Nature and the Disciplines in Renaissance Europe

Natural Particulars: Nature and the Disciplines in Renaissance Europe

by Anthony Grafton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262071932

ISBN-13: 9780262071932

Pub. Date: 05/01/2000

Publisher: MIT Press

This volume examines the transformation in ways of studying nature that took place in Western Europe during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Some of the essays trace particular textual traditions, while others follow the development of scholarly and professional communities. Some concentrate on the internal analysis of primary sources, while others examine

Overview

This volume examines the transformation in ways of studying nature that took place in Western Europe during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Some of the essays trace particular textual traditions, while others follow the development of scholarly and professional communities. Some concentrate on the internal analysis of primary sources, while others examine the spread of practices to larger groups.

Central to all is the search for a context for the increased fascination with nature, and especially with natural particulars—the details of natural forms,plants, and animals—that characterized this period. The essays also discuss how older theories and methods continued to exist; how the renewed study of classical sources introduced new problems and theories into the study of nature; how the structure of disciplines, both old and new, shaped approaches to the natural world; and how the material and practical means of disseminating knowledge helped to shape its content.Recently the history of science in early modern Europe has been both invigorated and obscured by divisions between scholars of different schools. One school tends to claim that rigorous textual analysis provides the key to the development of science, whereas others tend to focus on the social and cultural contexts within which disciplines grew. This volume challenges such divisions,suggesting that multiple historical approaches are both legitimate and mutually complementary.Contributors : Michael J. B. Allen, Ann Blair, Daniela Mugnai Carrara,Brian P. Copenhaver, Chiara Crisciani, Luc Deitz, Paula Findlen, James Hankins,Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, John Monfasani, William Newman, Vivian Nutton, Katharine Park.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262071932
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/01/2000
Series:
Dibner Institute Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Pages:
438
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
Introduction
Anthony Grafton and Nancy Siraisi
I Natural Philosophies
1 Number, Shape, and Meaning in Pico's Christian Cabala:
The Upright Tsade, the Closed Mem, and the Gaping Jaws
of Azael
Brian P. Copenhaver
2 The Study of the Timaeus in Early Renaissance
Italy
James Hankins
3 Marsilio Ficino: Daemonic Mathematics and the Hypotenuse
of the Spirit
Michael J. B. Allen
4 Space, Light, and Soul in Francesco Patrizi's Nova de
universis philosophia
(1591)
Luc Deitz
5 The Problemata as a Natural Philosophical Genre
Ann Blair
6 The PseudoAristotelian Problemata and Aristotle's
De animalibus in the Renaissance
John Monfasani
II Natural Disciplines
7 Epistemological Problems in Giovanni Mainardi's
Commentary on Galen's Ars parva
Daniela Mugnai Carrara
8 "A Diet for Barbarians": Introducing Renaissance Medicine
to Tudor England
Vivian Nutton
9 From the Laboratory to the Library: Alchemy According to
Guglielmo Fabri
Chiara Crisciani
10 The Homunculus and His Forebears: Wonders of Art and
Nature
William Newman
11 Natural Particulars: Medical Epistemology, Practice, and
the Literature of Healing Springs
Katherine Park
12 The Formation of a Scientific Community: Natural History
in SixteenthCentury Italy
Paula Findlen
13 Empiricism and Community in Early Modern Science and
Art: Some Comments on Baths, Plants, and Courts
Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann
Index

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