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Open form and the shape of ideas : literary structures as representations of philosophical concepts in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

Author: Oscar Kenshur
Publisher: Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses [distributor], ©1986.
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This study examines some of the ways in which discontinuous literary forms of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries serve as representations of philosophical ideas. The author provides a critique  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
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Kenshur, Oscar, 1942-
Open form and the shape of ideas.
Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses [distributor], ©1986
(OCoLC)568027212
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Oscar Kenshur
ISBN: 0838750818 9780838750810
OCLC Number: 11915511
Description: 140 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. The nature and interpretation of open forms --
2. Knowledge broken: Bacon's Novum organum and Diderot's De l'Interpretation de la nature --
3. Perspectivism and inclusionism: the case of the Quijote --
4. Thomson's Seasons: fragments and order --
5. Encyclopedic form: the triumph of the arbitrary --
Afterword: The historical question.
Responsibility: Oscar Kenshur.

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Acknowledgments 9 1. The nature and interpretation of open forms 13 Preliminary 13 Open work and Spatial Form 14 Visual representation and the Interpretation of Open Forms 25 Notes 34 2. Knowledge broken: Bacon's “Novum organum" and Diderot's "De l'Interpretation de la nature” 38 Preliminary 38 Aphoristic Form and “Knowledge Broken” 39 Bacon’s Method and the Structure of Knowledge 43 Science en tâtonnant and the Search for General Explanations 48 Notes 52 3. Perspectivism and inclusionism: the case of the "Quijote" 55 Preliminary 55 Truth and Digression 56 Perspectivism 60 Inclusionism 64 Notes 67 4. Thomson's "Seasons": fragments and order 69 Preliminary 69 The Art of Differentiation 71 Differentiation and Harmony 82 Differentiation, Reason, and the Sublime 89 Conclusion 95 Notes 95 5. Encyclopedic form: the triumph of the arbitrary 101 Editorial Authority and the Ascription of Meaning 101 Buffon and the Imaginary Encyclopedia of Particulars 106 Ephraim Chambers and the Lockean Encyclopedia of Particulars 109 The Dialogue of the Encyclopédie 114 Notes 125 6. Afterword: The historical question 127 Notes 132 Works Cited 133 Index 138

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