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Wonders and the order of nature : 1150-1750

Author: Lorraine Daston; Katharine Park
Publisher: New York : Zone Books, 2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd printingView all editions and formats
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4e de couv.: Wonders and the Order of Nature is about the ways in which European naturalists from the High Middle Ages through the Enlightenment used wonder and wonders, the passion and its objects, to envision themselves and the natural world. Monsters, gems that shone in the dark, petrifying springs, celestial apparitions-these were the marvels that adorned romances, puzzled philosophers, lured collectors, and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lorraine Daston; Katharine Park
ISBN: 9780942299915 0942299914
OCLC Number: 1040827433
Notes: Index.
Introduction: At the Limit. I. The topography of wonder. Marvels on the margins. Wonders of creation. Prodigious individuals and marvelous kinds. Wonder and belief. II. The properties of things. Collecting wonders. Artificial marvels. Wonders at court. III. Wonder among the philosophers. The philosophers against wonder. Curiosity and the preternatural. Making wonder cease. IV. Marvelous particulars. Marvelous therapeutics. Preternatural history. Preternatural philosophy. V. Monsters : a case study. Horror : monsters as prodigies. Pleasure : monsters as sport. Repugnance : monsters as errors. VI. Strange facts. Baconian reforms. Strange facts in learned societies. The sociability of strange facts. The credibility of strange facts. VII. Wonders of art, wonders of nature. Art and nature opposed. The wonders of art and nature displayed. The wonders of art and nature conjoined. Nature as artist, nature as art. VIII. The passions of inquiry. Ravening curiosity. Wonder and curiosity allied. Gawking wonder. IX. The enlightenment and the anti-marvelous. The unholy trinity : enthusiasm, superstition, imagination. Vulgarity and the love of the marvelous. Nature's decorum. The wistful counter-enlightenment.
Description: 511 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Responsibility: Lorraine Daston, Katharine Park.

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4e de couv.: Wonders and the Order of Nature is about the ways in which European naturalists from the High Middle Ages through the Enlightenment used wonder and wonders, the passion and its objects, to envision themselves and the natural world. Monsters, gems that shone in the dark, petrifying springs, celestial apparitions-these were the marvels that adorned romances, puzzled philosophers, lured collectors, and frightened the devout. Drawing on the histories of art, science, philosophy, and literature, Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park explore and explain how wonder and wonders fortified princely power, rewove the texture of scientific experience, and shaped the sensibility of intellectuals. This is a history of the passions of inquiry, of how wonder sometimes inflamed, sometimes dampened curiosity about nature's best-kept secrets. Refracted through the prism of wonders, the order of nature splinters into a spectrum of orders, a tour of possible worlds.

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