The cultural authority of natural history in early modern Europe

Harrison, Peter (2010). The cultural authority of natural history in early modern Europe. In Denis R. Alexander and Ronald L. Numbers (Ed.), Biology and ideology: From Descartes to Dawkins (pp. 11-35) Chicago, ILL, U.S.A.; London, U.K.: University of Chicago Press.

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Author Harrison, Peter
Title of chapter The cultural authority of natural history in early modern Europe
Title of book Biology and ideology: From Descartes to Dawkins
Place of Publication Chicago, ILL, U.S.A.; London, U.K.
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9780226608402
0226608409
9780226608419
0226608417
9780226608426
0226608425
Editor Denis R. Alexander
Ronald L. Numbers
Chapter number 1
Start page 11
End page 35
Total pages 25
Total chapters 13
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In the twenty-first century, the social utility of biology, and of the natural sciences more generally, is taken for granted. Most Western societies devote considerable resources to the funding of scientific activities: science faculties occupy pride of place in the major research universities, and natural scientists themselves, while perhaps not enjoying the unchallenged prestige of their immediate predecessors, still wield considerable cultural authority. By way of contrast, the various disciplines of the humanities are viewed with mixed feelings, and the contributions of those who labor in Faculties of Arts, while welcome, are not generally thought to contribute in tangible ways to progress and prosperity. During the European Renaissance a rather different set of priorities was in place.
Here, I offer a general account of what might be termed the first phase in the transformation of natural history-one that took place in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
© 2010 by The University of Chicago
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Additional Notes Description: 453 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

 
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