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This book provides the historical background for a central issue in the history of science: the influence of artisans, craftsmen, and other practitioners on the emergent empirical methodologies that characterized the “new sciences” of the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Long offers a coherent account and critical revision of the “Zilsel thesis,” an influential etiological narrative which argues that such craftsmen were instrumental in bringing about the “Scientific Revolution.”

Artisan/Practitioners reassesses the issue of artisanal influence from three different perspectives: the perceived relationships between art and nature; the Vitruvian architectural tradition with its appreciation of both theory and practice; and the development of “trading zones”—arenas in which artisans and learned men communicated in substantive ways. These complex social and intellectual developments, the book argues, underlay the development of the empirical sciences.

This volume provides new discussion and synthesis of a theory that encompasses broad developments in European history and study of the natural world. It will be a valuable resource for college-level teaching, and for scholars and others interested in the history of science, late medieval and early modern European history, and the Scientific Revolution.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. x-xi
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  1. Preface
  2. p. xii
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  1. Introduction: Artisanal Values and the Investigation of Nature
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. Chapter 1: Artisan/Practitioners as an Issue in the History of Science
  2. pp. 10-29
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  1. Chapter 2: Art, Nature, and the Culture of Empiricism
  2. pp. 30-61
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  1. Chapter 3: Artisans, Humanists, and the De architectura of Vitruvius
  2. pp. 62-93
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  1. Chapter 4: Trading Zones, Arenas of Production and Exchange
  2. pp. 94-126
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  1. Conclusion: Empirical Values in a Transitional Age
  2. pp. 127-131
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 132-165
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 166-189
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 190-196
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780870716478
Related ISBN
9780870716096
MARC Record
OCLC
794698930
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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