Book ID: CBB001551220

Theatrum Kircherianum: Wissenskulturen und Bücherwelten im 17. Jahrhundert (2013)


Rößler, Hole (Author)
Burkart, Lucas (Author)
Asmussen, Tina (Editor)
Furrer, Frederik (Editor)

Harrassowitz Verlag

Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: 314 pp.; ill.
Language: German

The judgments of Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) always were already apart. Galt he the one as a scientific anomaly, accused him others charlatanism. Did he himself at the service of the Catholic restoration or he was the last polymath? That disagreement about until today, the story is due in its double meaning - the history of Kircher's life and work as well as their presentation as a story. With the cultural turn of the history of science away from the question of the validity premodern knowledge towards the conditions of its production and validity, interest in Kircher grew as interesting character of knowledge in the republic of letters of the 17th century. The collection of essays explores the conditions under which Kircher played his roles as a scholar in papal Rome and as a Jesuit in the age of "scientific revolution". The contributions examine Kircher aesthetics of knowledge presentation, the design of his works in the context of Baroque literary culture, his strategies of prestige and patronage as well as the interest of history and pop culture to Kircher as a counter-figure to modernity. It is always also about Kircher not presented as autonomous actor, but to understand the person and work as a product of cultural factors and social interests. Contradictions in the assessments Kircher can - and should - be affected by the fact not completely. As a reflection of these perspectives, the study in fact rather contribute to a better understanding of the cultural history of knowledge. At the same time they lead right into the Theatrum Kircherianum, the fascinating and exotic world of foreign knowledge Athanasius Kircher.

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Review Gregory, Stephan (2014) Review of "Theatrum Kircherianum: Wissenskulturen und Bücherwelten im 17. Jahrhundert". Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte (pp. 288-291). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Waddell, Mark A.
Rowland, Ingrid D.
Mayer-Deutsch, Angela
Zanovello, Giovanni
Jensen, Amanda
Bianchi, Eric
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Acque Sotterranee
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
University of Michigan Press
University of Chicago Press
Indiana University
Yale University
Science and religion
Natural philosophy
Natural history
Kircher, Athanasius
Tolomei, Giovanni Battista
Scheiner, Christoph
Riccioli, Giovanni Battista
Reinzer, Franz
Newton, Isaac
Time Periods
17th century
Early modern
18th century
Rome (Italy)
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
Museo del Collegio Romano

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