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Evidence in the Age of the New Sciences

Editors: Lancaster, James A T, Raiswell, Richard (Eds.)

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  • Offers the first book-length exploration of the sources and varieties of evidence in early modern Europe
  • Highlights the contested nature of the construction of evidence during the Scientific Revolution
  • Understands evidence in terms of the social contexts in which it was received
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The motto of the Royal Society—Nullius in verba—was intended to highlight the members’ rejection of received knowledge and the new place they afforded direct empirical evidence in their quest for genuine, useful knowledge about the world. But while many studies have raised questions about the construction, reception and authentication of knowledge, Evidence in the Age of the New Sciences is the first to examine the problem of evidence at this pivotal moment in European intellectual history. What constituted evidence—and for whom? Where might it be found? How should it be collected and organized? What is the relationship between evidence and proof? These are crucial questions, for what constitutes evidence determines how people interrogate the world and the kind of arguments they make about it.

In this important new collection, Lancaster and Raiswell have assembled twelve studies that capture aspects of the debate over evidence in a variety of intellectual contexts. From law and theology to geography, medicine and experimental philosophy, the chapters highlight the great diversity of approaches to evidence-gathering that existed side by side in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In this way, the volume makes an important addition to the literature on early science and knowledge formation, and will be of particular interest to scholars and advanced students in these fields.

About the authors

James A. T. Lancaster is an intellectual historian who received his PhD from the Warburg Institute in the University of London. He is currently a UQ Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) and Affiliate Academic in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry (HAPI) at the University of Queensland. Previously, he was a Visiting Lecturer and Teaching Fellow in the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London. As a member of the Editorial Board of the Oxford Francis Bacon critical edition, he has published articles and book chapters on the philosophical and religious thought of Francis Bacon. His recent publications include a co-edited special issue of Intellectual History Review on early modern anticlericalism: “Priestcraft. Early Modern Variations on the Theme of Sacerdotal Imposture”.

Richard Raiswell is Associate Professor of History at the University of Prince Edward Island, a Fellow at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (Toronto), a member of the Executive Committee of Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World, and a founding editor of the journal Preternature (Penn State). His research is concerned with questions about the construction and assimilation of knowledge in the late medieval and early modern periods, especially responses to the new empiricism in the fields of demonology and geography. Recent work includes Knowing Demons, Knowing Spirits (forthcoming with Michelle Brock and David Winter), “Edward Terry and the Calvinist Geography of India,” in Études anglaises and The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe (with Peter Dendle). He is currently working on a primary source reader on medieval demonology for the University of Toronto’s Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures series.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Evidence Before Science

    Pages 1-29

    Lancaster, James A. T. (et al.)

  • Legal Proof and Probability in Early Modern England

    Pages 33-46

    Klotz, Lisa

  • Seeking Intellectual Evidence in the Sciences: The Role of Botany in Descartes’ Therapeutics

    Pages 47-75

    Baldassarri, Fabrizio

  • Towards Descartes’ Scientific Method: a posteriori Evidence and the Rhetoric of Les Météores

    Pages 77-99

    Brissey, Patrick

  • Locke, Pyrard, and Coconuts: Travel Literature, Evidence, and Natural History

    Pages 103-122

    Connolly, Patrick J.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evidence in the Age of the New Sciences
Editors
  • James A T Lancaster
  • Richard Raiswell
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
225
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91869-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91869-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91868-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-06316-0
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 309
Number of Illustrations
36 b/w illustrations
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