The Shapes of Knowledge from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

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D.R. Kelley, R.H. Popkin
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2012 - History - 237 pages
The original idea for a conference on the "shapes of knowledge" dates back over ten years to conversations with the late Charles Schmitt of the Warburg Institute. What happened to the classifications of the sciences between the time of the medieval Studium and that of the French Encyclopedie is a complex and highly abstract question; but posing it is an effective way of mapping and evaluating long term intellectual changes, especially those arising from the impact of humanist scholarship, the new science of the seventeenth century, and attempts to evaluate, to apply, to reconcile, and to institutionalize these rival and interacting traditions. Yet such patterns and transformations cannot be well understood from the heights of the general history of ideas. Within the ~eneral framework of the organization of knowledge the map must be filled in by particular explorations and soundings, and our project called for a conference that would combine some encyclopedic (as well as interdisciplinary and inter national) breadth with scholarly and technical depth.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
CLASSIFICATION OF LEARNING
5
History and the Encyclopedia
7
The Classification of the Visual Arts in the Renaissance
23
The SixteenthCentury Transformation of the Aristotelian Division of the Speculative Sciences
49
MOVERS AND SHAPERS
59
Galen and Francis Bacon Faculties of the Soul and the Classification of Knowledge
61
Forgotten Ways of Knowing The Kabbalah Language and Science in the Seventeenth Century
83
INSTITUTIONS
135
The Curriculum of Italian Elementary and Grammar Schools 13501500
137
The Forms of Queen Christinas Academies
165
The Early Society and the Shape of Knowledge
189
Periodical Publication and the Nature of Knowledge in EighteenthCentury Europe
203
Epilogue
215
Contributors
221
Index
225

Demonstration Dialectic and Rhetoric in Galileos Dialogue
101
Interpreting Nature Gassendi versus Diderot on the Unity of Knowledge
123

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