By Koen Vermeir, Jonathan Regier
This quantity is a crucial re-examination of area and spatiality within the overdue Renaissance and early glossy interval. historical past of technology has ordinarily diminished 16th and 17th century area to some canonical types. This quantity provides a far wanted antidote. The contributing chapters learn the period’s extraordinary richness of spatiality: the geometrical, geographical, perceptual and elemental conceptualizations of house that abounded. The aim is to start to reconstruct the amalgam of “spaces” which co-existed and cross-fertilized within the period’s many disciplines and visions of nature. Our quantity may be a useful source for historians of technological know-how, philosophy and paintings, and for cultural and literary theorists.
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Extra resources for Boundaries, Extents and Circulations: Space and Spatiality in Early Modern Natural Philosophy
86 The circulation of formal seeds, or rationes seminales, had entered into Christian natural philosophy long before, particularly through Saint Augustine, who adopted the idea from the Stoic logoi spermatikoi. The concept, present in some medieval writers, enjoyed a great resurgence in Ficino and slightly later in Paracelsus. A major use of these formal seeds was to explain spontaneous generation. However, their formative force was explicitly related to the power of celestial bodies. As such, formal seeds defied any easy cosmological categorization and were well-suited to new, non-Aristotelian boundaries of space.
Many older meanings were still present, and newer meanings began to manifest, attesting to an expansive interest in spaces and spatiality. Some of this richness is captured in the present volume. 7 Opicinus de Canistris, Mappe, 1296, Vaticanus latinus 6435, f. 84v. Courtesy of the Vatican Apostolic Library 1 Boundaries, Extents and Circulations: An Introduction … 29 In this introduction, we have tried to frame the contributions in a bigger picture, relating them to the tradition and historiography of spatial concepts and theories.
3). 64Here we are on familiar terrain, researched in detail and described in extenso in history of science textbooks. 65Of course, we are not referring here to a “connected history” that connects different places and studies circulations of knowledge, but rather to a historiography that connects different practices in order to better understand interconnections between various conceptualizations of different spaces. 20 J. Regier and K. Vermeir but spaces, boundaries and distances were central. 67 They left to geography the description of mountains, seas and rivers.