Scholars in Action (2 vols): The Practice of Knowledge and the Figure of the Savant in the 18th Century - History of Science and Medicine Library / Scientific and Learned Cultures and Their Institutions 34/9 (Hardback)Andre Holenstein (volume editor), Hubert Steinke (volume editor), Martin Stuber (volume editor)
Hardback 990 Pages / Published: 03/05/2013
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Scholars in Action addresses the complexities of the culture of knowledge, focusing on the scholar, or savant, as its main actor. The book explores how, and to what end, savants in the 18th Century collated, produced, critiqued, propagated, diffused, and applied knowledge. Investigating scholars' diverse practices of knowledge, the volume's six sections are organised around central scholarly activities: rising and advancing, reading and judging, perceiving and reacting, printing and communicating, observing and experimenting, as well as advising and serving. Based on a wide range of sources and looking at a great variety of savants, an international group of 40 authors open up new perspectives on eighteenth-century scholars and scholarship. Contributors include Kirill Abrosimov, Gunhild Berg, Thomas Biskup, Holger Boening, Simona Boscani-Leoni, Barbara Braun-Bucher, Laurence Brockliss, Florence Catherine, Lorraine Daston, Simone De Angelis, Bettina Dietz, Clorinda Donato, Claudia Engler, Iris Flessenkaemper, Daniel Fulda, Marian Fussel, Martin Gierl, Rainer Godel, Karl S. Guthke, Thomas Habel, Caspar Hirschi, Laszlo Kontler, Urs Leu, Annette Meyer, Marion Mucke, Miriam Nicoli, Andreas OEnnerfors, Hole Roessler, Anne Saada, Torsten Sander, Hartmut Schleiff, Ulrich Johannes Schneider, Reinhart Siegert, Rene Sigrist, Justin Stagl, Regula Wyss, and Simone Zurbuchen.
Number of pages: 990
Weight: 1771 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm
"As a whole, this compilation has much to offer. Seeing as the contributors come from a wide range of academic interests (including historians of education, literature, medicine, politics, and science) this collection offers a multiplicity of interpretations and research sources that will appeal broadly to readers and researchers interested in the complexity and diversity of eighteenth-century scholars and scholarship." - Kristen Schranz (University of Toronto), Spontaneous Generations 9:1(2018) 192-194
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