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Knowledge, Power and Nature 1500-1700 - Term 2 Week 9

Seminar Reading

Dear, Peter, ‘A Mechanical Microcosm: Bodily Passions, Good Manners, and Cartesian Mechanism’, in Science Incarnate: Historical Embodiments of Natural Knowledge, ed. by Christopher Lawrence and Steven Shapin (Chicago, 1998), pp. 51-82.

Seminar/Essay Questions


Further Reading

Anstey, Peter R., Schuster, John A. (eds), A Science of Nature in the Seventeenth Century (Dordrecht, 2005) (electronic resource library)

Ariew, Roger/Grene, Marjorie (eds.), Descartes and His Contemporaries (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1995).

Bremmer, Jan/Roodenburg, Herman (eds.), A Cultural History of Gestures (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991).

Cottingham, H.M., The Cambridge Companion to Descartes (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992).

Creager, Angela N.H., and Jordan, William Chester (eds.) The Animal Human Boundary: Historical Perspectives (Rochester, 2002).

Dear, Peter, Revolutionizing the Sciences (…), pp. 88-100. (electronic resources library)

French, Roger/Wear, Andrew, The Medical Revolution of the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989).

Gaukroger, Stephen, Descartes: An Intellectual Biography (Oxford, 1992). (electronic resources library).

Gaukroger, Stephen, Descartes’ System of Natural Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).
--, The Collapse of Mechanism and the Rise of Sensibility: Science and the Shaping of Modernity (Oxford, 2010) (electronic resources library)

Harth, Erica, Cartesian Women: Versions and Subversions of Rational Discourse in the Old Regime (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992).

Joy, Lynn S., ‘Animals on the Agenda: Questions about Animals for Theology and Ethics, ed.

Freedmann Paul H., ‘The Presentation of Medieval Peasants as Bestial and as Human’, in Creager/Chester (eds.), Animal Human Boundary, pp. 29-49.

Fudge, Erica, Animal (London, 2002) (electronic resources library).

-- Perceiving Animals: Humans and Beasts in Early Modern English Culture (Basingstoke, 2000).

-- Renaissance Beasts: Of Animals, Humans and Other Wonderful Creatures.

--- Gilbert, Ruth, Wiseman, Susan (eds.), At the Borders of the Human: Beasts, Bodies and Natural Philosophy in the Early Modern Period (London, 1999).

Guerrini, Anita, Experimenting with Animals: From Galen to Human Rights (Baltimore, 2003).

Lindeboom, G.A., Descartes and Medicine (Amsterdam: Rodopoi N.V., 1978).

Morgan, John, Godly Learnings: Puritan Attitutes towards Reason, Learning and Education, 1560-1640 (Cambriudge, 1986).

Leong, Elaine and Rankin, Alisha (eds.), Secrets and Knowledge in Medicine and Science 1500-1800 (Farnham, 2011).

Reiss, Timothy J., ‘Descartes, the Palantine, and the Thirty Years’ War: Political Theory and Political Practice’ in Timothy Hampton (ed.), Baroque Topographies: Literature/History/Philosophy, Yale French Studies, 80 (New Haven, 1991), pp. 108-145.

-- ‘Denying the Body? Memory and the Dilemma of History in Descartes’, Journal of the History of Ideas 57,4 (1996): 587-607.

Rosenfield, Leonora Cohen, From Beast-Machine to Man-Machine: Animal Soul in French Letters from Descartes to La Mettrie (New York: Octagon Book, 1968).

Rossi, Paolo, Francis Bacon from Magic to Science (London: 1968).

Serpell, James, In the Company of Animals: A Study of Human-Animal Relationships (Oxford, 1986).

Sorabji, Richard, Animal Minds and Human Minds: The Origins of the Western Debate (London, 1993).

Watanabe, Masao, ‘Francis Bacon: Philanthropy and the Instauration of Learning’, Annals of Science, 49 (199