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Knowledge, Discovery and Imagination in Early Modern Europe : The Rise of Aesthetic Rationalism - Timothy J. Reiss

Knowledge, Discovery and Imagination in Early Modern Europe

The Rise of Aesthetic Rationalism

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Published: 12th May 1997
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Recent explanations of changes in early modern European thought speak much of a move from orality and emphasis on language to print culture and a 'spatial' way of thinking. Timothy J. Reiss offers a more complex explanation for the massive changes that occurred. He describes how by the late fifteenth century the language arts of the trivium had come to seem useful only for communication, teaching and public debate, and how humanists turned to the mathematical arts of the quadrivium - including music - to enable new means and methods of discovery. Reiss goes on to argue that the new 'mathematical' ideal formed the basis of wide sociocultural renewal; he analyses Northern vernacular grammars, examines the work of French and Italian mathematicians, musicians and philosophers including Descartes, and censures such modern commonplaces as the supposed impact of print and 'spatial' thinking. He ends by exploring the broad impact of this 'mathematization' of the Western imagination.

"...the book is extremely rich in its use of often unfamiliar and uncommon primary materials, and researchers will want it in their library collections." E.D. Hill, Choice "...Reiss has offered an informative and stimulating examination of one continuous development in the intellectual culture of early modern Europe. It is a book well worth reading." Christopher S. Celenza, Sixteenth Century Journal "[Reiss's] study signals rich historical connections yet to be explored." Gary Tomlinson, American Historical Review

Introduction
Problematizing the Language Arts
Grammarians dreams
Grammarians nightmares
Passages
Rhetoric and politics
Method and knowledge
Mathematics, Music, and Rational Aesthetics
Quadrivial pursuits
Bridging effects
Musical elaborations
Well-tempered imagining
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521587952
ISBN-10: 0521587956
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 12th May 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.39