Why did people argue about curiosity in France, Germany, and elsewhere in Europe between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries, so much more than today? Why was curiosity a fashionable topic in early modern conduct manuals, university dissertations, scientific treatises, sermons, newspapers, novellas, plays, operas, ballets, poems, from Corneille to Diderot, from Johann Valentin Andreae to Gottlieb Spizel?
Universities, churches, and other institutions invoked curiosity in order to regulate knowledge or behavior, to establish who should try to know or do what, and under what circumstances. As well as investigating a crucial episode in the history of knowledge, this study makes a distinctive contribution to historiographical debates about the nature of "concepts." Curiosity was constantly reshaped by the uses of it. And yet, strangely, however much people contested what curiosity was, they often agreed that what they were disagreeing about was one and the same thing.
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Neil Kenny is a Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Cambridge.Review:
"Kenny's work...is the best study of the meanings and uses of the term and the variety of ways by which is was understood and deployed in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe across a much broader range and variety of sources than any of his predecessors. His methods, as well as his conclusions, should have a substantial influence on current ideas of how the intellectual history of medieval and early modern Europe might better be done."--Renaissance Quarterly
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0199271364