Thomas Browne and the Writing of Early Modern Science

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  • 9780521837941
  • februari 2005
  • Hardcover
  • 266 pagina's
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Claire Preston argues that Thomas Browne's work can be fully understood only within the range of disciplines and practices associated with natural philosophy and early modern empiricism. Early modern methods of cataloguing, collecting, experimentation and observation organised his writing on many subjects from medicine and botany to archaeology and antiquarianism. Browne framed philosophical concerns in the terms of civil behaviour, with collaborative networks of intellectual exchange, investigative selflessness, courtesy, modesty and ultimately the generosity of the natural world itself, all characterising the return to 'innocent' knowledge, which, for Browne, is the proper end of human enquiry. In this major evaluation of Browne's oeuvre, Preston examines how the developing essay form, the discourse of scientific experiment, and above all Bacon's model of intellectual progress and cooperation determined the unique character of Browne's contributions to early modern literature, science and philosophy.

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Review of the hardback: '... Thomas Browne and the Writing of Early Modern Science is a fitting tribute to its subject.' The Times Literary Supplement Review of the hardback: '... one of the best ever written on Thomas Browne ... Preston teaches the reader to think about Browne anew ... a prose style that is vivid, elegant, and compelling.' Minerva Review of the hardback: 'Claire Preston's eloquent study, Thomas Browne and the Writing of Early Modern Science (Cambridge University Press), perceptively illuminates the man and the work.' The Times Literary Supplement In this loving and robust account, Preston firmly grounds Browne's writing in the social history of natural philosophy and, like salt of the earth, adds new flavors and accents to our impression of the early modern world...The book proves enormously rewarding in its range of inquiry, and it will no doubt be especially enjoyable for those salts of the earth who may already have a loving appreciation for the many dimensions of Thomas Browne. - Colin Milburn, University of California, Davis The strongest part of this book is Preston's clear committment to a careful and thoughtful reading of Thomas Browne's works. - Renaissance Quarterly Allison B. Kavley, John Jay College, The City University of New York

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Engels
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Hardcover
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februari 2005
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23,5 x 15,9 x 1,9 cm
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266 pagina's
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9780521837941

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Claire Preston
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Cambridge University Press

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