New PDF release: Biblical Scholarship, Science and Politics in Early Modern

By Kevin Killeen

Kevin Killeen addresses probably the most enigmatic of 17th century writers, Thomas Browne (1605-1682), whose voracious highbrow objectives offer an unprecedented perception into how early glossy scholarly tradition understood the family members among its disciplines. Browne's paintings encompasses biblical remark, historiography, average heritage, classical philology, inventive propriety and an encyclopaedic assurance of ordinary philosophy. This booklet strains the highbrow weather within which such disparate pursuits may well cohere, finding Browne in the cultural and political matrices of his time. whereas Browne is most often remembered for the beauty of his prose and his temperamental poise, traits that knit good with the image of a indifferent, apolitical determine, this paintings argues that Browne's importance emerges so much totally within the context of up to date battles over interpretative authority, in the intricately associated fields of biblical exegesis, medical inspiration, and politics. Killeen's paintings centres on a reassessment of the scope and significance of Browne's so much complicated textual content, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, his monstrous encyclopaedia of errors with its mazy sequence of investigations and during this explores the multivalent nature of early-modern enquiry.

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