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Historia
Author: Gianna Pomata

ISBN: 9780262162296
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 500
Published: 17 July 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.2 x 3.7
Description:
The early modern genre of "historia" connected the study of nature and the study of culture from the early Renaissance to the eighteenth century. The ubiquity of "historia" as a descriptive method across a variety of disciplines--including natural history, medicine, antiquarianism, and philology--indicates how closely intertwined these scholarly pursuits were in the early modern period. The essays collected in this volume demonstrate that "historia" can be considered a key epistemic tool of early modern intellectual practices. Focusing on the actual use of "historia" across disciplines, the essays highlight a distinctive feature of early modern descriptive sciences: the coupling of observational skills with philological learning, empiricism with erudition. Thus the essays bring to light previously unexamined links between the culture of humanism and the scientific revolution. The contributors, from a range of disciplines that echoes the broad scope of early modern "historia," examine such topics as the development of a new interest in historical method from the Renaissance "artes historicae" to the eighteenth-century tension bet...

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