Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Making Scientific Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

Posted by Babak Ashrafi on 02/10 at 03:43 PM

James Delbourgo has recently arrived at Rutgers and is teaching a graduate seminar in early modern science.  He encourages any area students who might be interested to come:

Graduate Seminar in Early Modern Science
Rutgers University
Hist 510: 601

Making Scientific Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

Spring 2009
Department of History, Rutgers University
Professor James Delbourgo:
Class: Van Dyck Hall 011, Weds 1.10pm-4.10pm

This seminar examines the cultural history of the sciences from the late Middle Ages to the Enlightenment and early industrialism. No background in science or history of science is required. Its purpose is to give graduate students a broad grounding in the relationship between natural knowledge and early modern European history; introduce them to the most important methodological and theoretical innovations in recent history of science and science studies; and explore key debates concerning science and culture in the late Middle Ages, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, early industrialization, and early modern colonialism. Topics examined include the political origins of experimental science; the relation between artisanal skill and knowledge; patronage, performance, and science; historical epistemology and the marvelous; print culture and knowledge; women, gender and medicine; public science in the Enlightenment; practical knowledge and technological innovation; science and early modern colonialism; and the question of the ‘modernity’ of early modern science. Students of all backgrounds are very welcome.

Required Texts
Herbert Butterfield, The Origins of Modern Science (Free Press, revised edn., 1965)
Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer, Leviathan and the Air-Pump (Princeton UP, 1985)
Pamela Smith, The Body of the Artisan (Chicago UP, 2004)
Mario Biagioli, Galileo, Courtier (Chicago UP, 1993)
Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park, Wonders and the Order of Nature (Zone, 1998)
Adrian Johns, The Nature of the Book (Chicago UP, 1998)
Katharine Park, Secrets of Women (Zone, 2006)
William Clark, et al., eds., The Sciences in Enlightened Europe (Chicago UP, 1999)
Lissa Roberts, et al., eds., The Mindful Hand (Chicago UP, 1997), online at:
James Delbourgo & Nicholas Dew, eds., Science and Empire in the Atlantic World (Routledge, 2008)
Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison, Objectivity (Zone, 2007)

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Comment posted by Bonnie on 02/11 at 03:37 PM

A note about location:  This seminar is at Rutgers in New Brunswick.

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