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Knowledge, Power and Nature 1500-1700 - Term 1 Week 1

Seminar Reading

Shapin, Steven, The Scientific Revolution (Chicago, 1996), Introduction (electronic library resource)

STEIN SOCIOCULTURAL MEDICINE PRELIM VERSION, unpublished manuscript, so please do not quote from it without my permission!


Seminar/Essay Questions

  • How does the constructivist view of science differ from earlier historiographical views?
  • Shall we get rid of the term Scientific Revolution? Or is it still useful?
  • How does the 'new' cultural history differ from a social history of medicine and science?
  • What does the term 'Revolution' meanl?

Further Reading

Cohen, Bernard, Revolution in Science (Cambridge, 1985).

Dear, Peter, Revolutionizing the Sciences: European Knowledge and Its Ambitions, 1500-1700 (Houndsmill, 2001).

Golinski, Jan, Making Natural Knowledge: History of Science after Constructionism (Cambridge, 1998), chapter 1, pp. 13-27.

Henry, John, The Scientific Revolution and the Origins of Modern Science (London, 1997).

Jardine, Lisa, Ingenius Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution (London, 1999).

Lindberg, David C., 'Conceptions of the Scientific Revolution from Bacon to Butterfield: a Preliminary Sketch', in Reappraisal of the Scientific Revolution.

Lindberg, David C., Westfall, Robert (Cambridge, 1990), pp. 1-26.

Cohen, Floris Cohen, The Scientific Revolution: A Historiographical Inquiry (Chicago, 1994)

Daston, Lorrain, Park Katharine, eds., Cambridge History of Science, vol. 3: Early Modern Science (Cambridge, 2008), introduction: The Age of the New

Porter, Roy, Teich Mikulas, Scientific Revolution in National Context (Cambridge 1992).