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Knowledge, Power and Nature 1500-1700 - Term 1 Week 3

Seminar Reading

Peter Dear, ‘Meanings of Experience,’ in Cambridge History of Science, vol. 3: Early Modern Science, ed. by Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park (Cambridge, 2008), pp. 106-131.
-- Revolutionizing the Science…, chapter 2: 30-48

Seminar/Essay Questions:

  • Why was experience not an important epistemological category until 1500?
  • Are we talking about a Scientific Revolution in the 16th century or a Scientific Renaissance?

Further Reading (see also week 2)

Brockliss, Lawrence, W., French Higher Education in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: A Cultural History (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987).

Garber, Daniel, ‘Physicans and Foundations,’ in Cambridge History of Science, vol. 3: Early Modern,vol. 3: Early Modern Science, ed. by Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park (Cambridge, 2008), pp.

Joy, Lynn, ‘Scientific Explanation from to Formal Causes to Laws of Nature,’ in Cambridge History of Science, vol. 3: Early Modern Science, ed. by Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park (Cambridge, 2008), pp. 70-105.

Lloyd, G.E.R., “Experiment in Early Greek Philosophy and Medicine,” in G. E. R. Lloyd,
Methods and Problems in Greek Science (Cambridge, 1991), pp. 70-99.

Stephen Pumfrey, Stephen, ‘The History of Science and the Renaissance Science of History,’ in Science, Culture, and Popular Belief in Renaissance Europe, ed. Stephen Pumfrey, Paolo L. Rossi, and Maurice Slawinski (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991), pp. 48-70.

Kusukawa, Sachiko, The Transformation of Natural Philosophy: The Case of Philip Melanchthon (Cambridge, 1995).

Newman, William, ‘Art, Nature, and Experiment among some Aristotelian Alchemists,’ In Texts and Contexts in Ancient and Medieval Science: Studies on the Occasion of John E. Murdoch’s Seventieth Birthday, ed. Edith Sylla and Michael McVaugh (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1997), pp. 305- 2017.

Schmitt, Charles B., Aristotle in the Renaissance (Cambridge, Mass., 1983).

Serjeantson, R.W., ‘Proof and Persuasion’, in Cambridge History of Science, vol. 3: Early Modern Science, ed. by Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park (Cambridge, 2008), pp.132-176.