[Milton-L] Reading practices and empiricism
E.Spiller at tcu.edu
Sun Apr 29 00:10:00 EDT 2007
A few places for reading, science, and empiricism-- I really like:
Grafton, Anthony. "The New Science and the Traditions of Humanism" in Jill Kraye, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1996), pp. 203 - 23.
Johns, Adrian. "The Physiology of Reading: Print and the Passions" in The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1998), pp. 380-443.
Grafton, Anthony. "Kepler as a Reader," Journal of the History of Ideas 52 (1992): 561-72.
I've also found helpful: William Sherman (his book and more recent articles; on Dee and reading), Ann Blair (on commonplace books but also current project), Timothy Reiss (has, among other things, a wonderful piece on Galileo and reading the book of nature).
Pamela Long and Pamela Smith have put together a fabulous site on science, experimentalism, and empiricism, with lots of additional resources (though not specifically about reading):
Long, Pamela O. and Pamela H. Smith, 'Experience and Experiment in Early Modern Europe', 2001 NEH Summer Seminar, (http://www.folger.edu/html/folger_institute/experience/index.htm)
You might also look at my Science, Reading, and Renaissance Literature (esp Chap 4) for additional suggestions on science and 17th century reading practices.
From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu on behalf of Salwa Khoddam
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If you would like primary sources, read Francis Bacon's The Great
Instauration, especially part 2, The New Organon, where he outlines his
philosophy of empiricism.
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> Can anyone put me on to books or articles that discuss how early modern
> practices of reading texts helped scientists to develop their
> observational skills? That is, how reading the book of God (or any other
> book, for that matter) enabled Renaissance scientists to examine and
> interpret the book of Nature?
> Apologies if this is an off-list query -- I wasn't sure when I composed
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