Catalogue


Ways of knowing : ten interdisciplinary essays /
edited by Mary Lindemann.
imprint
Boston : Brill Academic Publishers, 2004.
description
xxiii, 219 p. : ill. ; cm.
ISBN
0391041843
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Boston : Brill Academic Publishers, 2004.
isbn
0391041843
general note
Papers presented at the 1999 conference of Frühe Neuzeit Interdisziplinär in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
catalogue key
5496396
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Robert Beachy (Department of History, Goucher College, Baltimore) is assistant professor of European history Susan R. Boettcher (Department of History, University of Texas at Austin) is an assistant professor in Reformation and early modern German history and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Jason Coy (Department of History, College of Charleston) is an assistant professor in early modern history Pia F. Cuneo (Division of Art History, School of Art, University of Arizona). Her research interests include art and politics in early modern Germany as well as early modern hippology and visual culture Mitchell Lewis Hammond (Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville) is an assistant professor of history Mary Lindemann (Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh) studies early modern German, Dutch, and Flemish social, political, and cultural history Francisca Loetz (Professor of Modern History, University of Zurich) works on the social and cultural history of early modern Europe, with particular emphasis on issues of health, justice, religion, and methodology Terence McIntosh (Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) received an M.A. in economics and a Ph.D. in history from Yale University Janice Neri recently completed her dissertation, in the Program in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her research concerns the role of images in the construction of nature in early modern Europe, focusing on the ways in which concepts of truth and accuracy in visual images were established and sustained among artistic and scientific practitioners Elisabeth Waghall Nivre (School of Humanities, Vaxjo University, Sweden) received her undergraduate degree from Vaxjo University (Swedish and German) and her Ph.D. in German literature from Washington University in 1992. She is currently on the faculty of the German department Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly (Exeter College, University of Oxford) is professor of German literature, University of Oxford
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Lest one think there is a hardly discernable theme, Mary Lindemann does a fine job of introducing the scope of the work as a collection of papers that explore questions of what constituted knowledge in the context of early modern Germany and how knowledge was gathered, assembled, organized, deployed and interpreted. The title, Ways of Knowing, works as a two-sided title as the book explores the interdisciplinary questions of how historians know the past and how our early modern subjects sought to understand their own world. (…)This collection, as part of Brill's Studies in Central European Histories, is presented in an attractive manner with a cloth binding and a substantial number of illustrations that serve to both enhance and instruct. Ultimately this work is a curious, fascinating, and penetrating approach to both the genre of conference proceedings and the two-sided approach to interdisciplinary ways of knowing."Daniel van Voorhis, St. Andrews Reformation Studies Institute, Sixteenth Century Journal
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Summaries
Description for Reader
The interdisciplinary character of this volume, bridging and blending persepctives from several disciplines, should interest all scholars and students of the early modern period.
Long Description
"Knowing" itself is a problematic concept and what was once seen as the clear objective of "knowing," that is to discover "truth" or "reality," has become increasingly less certain. This is even more the case when scholars move from the present to examine epistemology in the past. Two fundamental questions arise: What constituted knowledge in the context of early modern Germany and how was knowledge gathered, assembled, organized, deployed, and interpreted? Ways of Knowing seeks to answer these questions. Taking their cues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, including art, German literature, social, political, medical, and religious history, the contributors offer readers a rich and insightful portrait of knowing and knowledge in early modern Germany. Investigators look at what people knew in early modern Germany and how they knew it. Four essays in part one consider how knowledge was created and organized. In part two, six authors examine how knowledge was evaluated and how it functioned, especially in the realms of belief, law, politics, and medicine.Contributors include: Robert Beachy, Susan R. Boettcher, Jason Coy, Pia F. Cuneo, Mitchell Lewis Hammond, Mary Lindemann, Francisca Loetz, Terence McIntosh, Janice L. Neri, Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre, and Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly.
Unpaid Annotation
"Knowing" itself is a problematic concept and what was once seen as the clear objective of "knowing," that is to discover "truth" or "reality," has become increasingly less certain. This is even more the case when scholars move from the present to examine epistemology in the past. Two fundamental questions arise: What constituted knowledge in the context of early modern Germany and how was knowledge gathered, assembled, organized, deployed, and interpreted? Ways of Knowing seeks to answer these questions. Taking their cues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, including art, German literature, social, political, medical, and religious history, the contributors offer readers a rich and insightful portrait of knowing and knowledge in early modern Germany.Investigators look at what people "knew" in early modern Germany and how they "knew" it. Four essays in part one consider how knowledge was created and organized. In part two, six authors examine how knowledge was evaluated and how it functioned, especially in the realms ofbelief, law, politics, and medicine.
Unpaid Annotation
This volume explores two questions of interest to a larger intellectual community: (1) what constituted knowledge in the context of early modern Germany and (2) how knowledge was gathered, assembled, organized, deployed, and interpreted. The perspective is interdisciplinary and the contributions represent several fields of scholarly inquiry.
Main Description
Knowing" itself is a problematic concept and what was once seen as the clear objective of "knowing," that is to discover "truth" or "reality," has become increasingly less certain. This is even more the case when scholars move from the present to examine epistemology in the past. Two fundamental questions arise: What constituted knowledge in the context of early modern Germany and how was knowledge gathered, assembled, organized, deployed, and interpreted? Ways of Knowing seeks to answer these questions. Taking their cues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, including art, German literature, social, political, medical, and religious history, the contributors offer readers a rich and insightful portrait of knowing and knowledge in early modern Germany. Investigators look at what people knew in early modern Germany and how they knew it. Four essays in part one consider how knowledge was created and organized. In part two, six authors examine how knowledge was evaluated and how it functioned, especially in the realms of belief, law, politics, and medicine.Contributors include: Robert Beachy, Susan R. Boettcher, Jason Coy, Pia F. Cuneo, Mitchell Lewis Hammond, Mary Lindemann, Francisca Loetz, Terence McIntosh, Janice L. Neri, Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre, and Helen Watanabe-O Kelly."
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of Illustrationsp. xi
Contributorsp. xiii
Introduction: Ways of Knowingp. xvii
Creating and Organizing Knowledge
Mad Mares and Wilful Women: Ways of Knowing Nature--and Gender--in Early Modern Hippological Textsp. 1
From Insect to Icon: Joris Hoefnagel and the 'Screened Objects' of the Natural Worldp. 23
The Management of Knowledge at the Electoral Court of Saxony in Dresdenp. 53
Facts or Fiction: Reading and Writing in Early Modern Popular Literaturep. 67
Evaluating and Using Knowledge
Are the Cranach Luther Altarpieces Philippist? Memory of Luther and Knowledge of the Past in the Late Reformationp. 85
Medicine and Pastoral Care for the Dying in Protestant Germanyp. 113
How to Do Things with God: Blasphemy in Early Modern Switzerlandp. 137
"Our Diligent Watchers and Informers": Official Surveillance, Private Denunciation, and the Limits of Authority in Sixteenth-Century Ulmp. 153
The Eclipse of Usury: Bankruptcy and Business Morality in Eighteenth-Century Germanyp. 171
Public Church Penance in Saxonyp. 191
Indexp. 211
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