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Knowledge, Discovery and Imagination in Early Modern Europe

Knowledge, Discovery and Imagination in Early Modern Europe
The Rise of Aesthetic Rationalism

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: March 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521587952

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  • Recent explanations of changes in early modern European thought speak much of a move from orality and emphasis on language to print culture and a "spatial" way of thinking. Timothy J. Reiss offers a more complex explanation for the massive changes in thought that occurred. He describes how, while teaching and public debate continued to be based in the language arts, scientific and artistic areas came to depend on mathematical disciplines, including music, for new means and methods of discovery, and as a basis for wider sociocultural renewal.

    • Major new insights on the making of modern European thought, covering a range of disciplines
    • Important new book by leading academic (5 previous books published)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...the book is extremely rich in its use of often unfamiliar and uncommon primary materials, and researchers will want it in their library collections." E.D. Hill, Choice

    "...Reiss has offered an informative and stimulating examination of one continuous development in the intellectual culture of early modern Europe. It is a book well worth reading." Christopher S. Celenza, Sixteenth Century Journal

    "[Reiss's] study signals rich historical connections yet to be explored." Gary Tomlinson, American Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521587952
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Problematising the Language Arts:
    1. Grammarians' dreams
    2. Grammarians' nightmares
    Part II. Passages:
    3. Rhetoric and politics
    4. Method and knowledge
    Part III. Mathematics, Music, and Rational Aesthetics:
    5. Quadrivial pursuits
    6. Bridging effects
    7. Musical elaborations
    8. Well-tempered imagining

  • Author

    Timothy J. Reiss, New York University

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