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Aesthetic science : representing nature in the Royal Society of London, 1650-1720

Author: Alexander Wragge-Morley
Publisher: Chicago ; London University of Chicago Press 2020
Edition/Format:   Computer file : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The scientists affiliated with the early Royal Society of London have long been regarded as forerunners of modern empiricism, rejecting the symbolic and moral goals of Renaissance natural history in favor of plainly representing the world as it really was. Alexander Wragge-Morley challenges this interpretation by arguing that key figures such as John Ray, Robert Boyle, Nehemiah Grew, Robert Hooke, and Thomas Willis  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als:
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(DE-604)BV046696285
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Wragge-Morley
ISBN: 9780226681054 022668105X 9780226680729 022668072X
OCLC Number: 1164648648
Description: 1 Online-Ressource
Contents: Introduction --
Physico-theology, natural philosophy, and sensory experience --
An empiricism of imperceptible entities --
In search of lost designs --
Verbal picturing --
Natural philosophy and the cultivation of taste --
Conclusion : embodied aesthetics.
Responsibility: Alexander Wragge-Morley.

Abstract:

"The scientists affiliated with the early Royal Society of London have long been regarded as forerunners of modern empiricism, rejecting the symbolic and moral goals of Renaissance natural history in favor of plainly representing the world as it really was. Alexander Wragge-Morley challenges this interpretation by arguing that key figures such as John Ray, Robert Boyle, Nehemiah Grew, Robert Hooke, and Thomas Willis saw the study of nature as an aesthetic project. In fact, they practiced a science that depended on harnessing the embodied pleasures and pains that arise from sensory experience. Aesthetic Science reveals how judgments of taste and pleasures played a central role in the formation of consensus in scientific communities and the emergence of what we now understand as scientific objectivity"--.

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