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Before Nature : Cuneiform Knowledge and the History of Science.

Author: Francesca Rochberg
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the modern West, we take for granted that what we call the 'natural world' confronts us all and always has - but 'Before Nature' explores that almost unimaginable time when there was no such conception of 'nature' - no word, reference, or sense for it. Before the concept of nature formed over the long history of European philosophy and science, our ancestors in ancient Assyria and Babylonia developed an inquiry  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Rochberg, Francesca.
Before Nature : Cuneiform Knowledge and the History of Science.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Francesca Rochberg
ISBN: 9780226406275 022640627X 9780226406138 022640613X
OCLC Number: 967882697
Description: 1 online resource (380 pages)
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Introduction. The Ancient Near East, Science, and Nature --
Part I. Historiography --
Part II. Cuneiform Knowledge and Its Interpretive Framework --
Part III. Rationality, Analogy, and Law --
Part IV. The Cuneiform World of Observation, Prediction, and Explanation --
Acknowledgments --
Abbreviations --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index
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In the modern West, we take for granted that what we call the 'natural world' confronts us all and always has - but 'Before Nature' explores that almost unimaginable time when there was no such conception of 'nature' - no word, reference, or sense for it. Before the concept of nature formed over the long history of European philosophy and science, our ancestors in ancient Assyria and Babylonia developed an inquiry into the world in a way that is kindred to our modern science. With 'Before Nature, ' Francesca Rochberg explores that Assyro-Babylonian knowledge tradition and shows how it relates to the entire history of science. From a modern, Western perspective, a world not conceived somehow within the framework of physical nature is difficult - if not impossible - to imagine.

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"Rochberg examines knowledge about the non-human world embodied in Assyrian and Babylonian cuneiform texts. This volume is concrete, detailed, and scholarly in descriptions of how these texts treat Read more...

 
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