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The Word of God and the Languages of Man: Interpreting Nature in Early Modern Science and Medicine (Science & Literature)

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This remarkably ambitious work relates changes in scientific and medical thought during the Scientific Revolution (circa 1500–1700) to the emergence of new principles and practices for interpreting language, texts, and nature. An invaluable history of ideas about the nature of language during this period, The Word of God and the Languages of Man also explores the wider cultural origins and impact of these ideas. Its broad and deeply complex picture of a profound sociocultural and intellectual transformation will alter our definition of the scientific revolution.

    James J. Bono shows how the new interpretive principles and scientific practices of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries evolved in response to new views of the relationship between the “Word of God” and the “Languages of Man” fostered by Renaissance Humanism, Neoplatonism, magic, and both the reformed and radical branches of Protestantism. He traces the cultural consequences of these ideas in the thought and work of major and minor actors in the scientific revolution—from Ficino and Paracelsus to Francis Bacon and Descartes. By considering these natural philosophers in light of their own intellectual, religious, philosophical, cultural, linguistic, and especially narrative frameworks, Bono suggests a new way of viewing the sociocultural dynamics of scientific change in the pre–modern period—and ultimately, a new way of understanding the nature and history of scientific thought. The narrative configuration he proposes provides a powerful alternative to the longstanding “revolutionary” metaphor of the history of the scientific revolution.

About the Author

James J. Bono is assistant professor in the Department of History and the School of Medicine at the State University of New York, Buffalo. He is an editor of the journal Configurations and is currently president of the Society for Literature and Science.

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v. 1. Ficino to Descartes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299147945
Author:
Bono, James J.
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Location:
Madison :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Medicine
Subject:
Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Literature and science
Subject:
Science, Renaissance
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Science & Literature
Series Volume:
103-646
Publication Date:
19950931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
324
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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