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Biblical Scholarship, Science and Politics in Early Modern by Kevin Killeen

By Kevin Killeen

Kevin Killeen addresses essentially the most enigmatic of 17th century writers, Thomas Browne (1605-1682), whose voracious highbrow targets offer an remarkable perception into how early glossy scholarly tradition understood the family among its disciplines. Browne's paintings encompasses biblical statement, historiography, typical historical past, classical philology, inventive propriety and an encyclopaedic assurance of traditional philosophy. This publication strains the highbrow weather within which such disparate pursuits may well cohere, finding Browne in the cultural and political matrices of his time. whereas Browne is most often remembered for the beauty of his prose and his temperamental poise, characteristics that knit good with the image of a indifferent, apolitical determine, this paintings argues that Browne's value emerges so much totally within the context of up to date battles over interpretative authority, in the intricately associated fields of biblical exegesis, medical idea, and politics. Killeen's paintings centres on a reassessment of the scope and significance of Browne's so much complex textual content, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, his gigantic encyclopaedia of blunders with its mazy sequence of investigations and during this explores the multivalent nature of early-modern enquiry.

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