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

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ISBN-10: 0226763293

ISBN-13: 9780226763293

Edition: 2007

Authors: Pamela H. Smith, Benjamin Schmidt

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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 Europebrings 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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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Knowledge and Its Making in Early Modern Europe
Making Knowledge from the Margins
Women Engineers and the Culture of the Pyrenees: Indigenous Knowledge and Engineering in Seventeenth-Century France
Visual Representation as Instructional Text: Jan van Eyck and The Ghent Altarpiece
Explosive Affinities: Pyrotechnic Knowledge in Early Modern Europe
Naming and Knowing: The Global Politics of Eighteenth-Century Botanical Nomenclatures
Practices of Reading and Writing
Novel Knowledge: Innovation in Dutch Literature and Society of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
Watches, Diary Writing, and the Search for Self-Knowledge in the Seventeenth Century
The Moral of the Story: Children's Reading and the Catechism of Nature around 1800
Method as Knowledge: Scribal Theology, Protestantism, and the Reinvention of Shorthand in Sixteenth-Century England
Boyle's Essay: Genre and the Making of Early Modern Knowledge
The Reform of Knowledge
Making Sense of Medical Collections in Early Modern Holland: The Uses of Wonder
In Search of True Knowledge: Ole Worm (1588-1654) and the New Philosophy
Stone Gods and Counter-Reformation Knowledges
Temple and Tabernacle: The Place of Religion in Early Modern England
The Fiscal Logic of Enlightened German Science
Notes List of Contributors
Index