Book ID: CBB778709994

The Spanish Disquiet: The Biblical Natural Philosophy of Benito Arias Montano (2019)


Portuondo, María M. (Author)

University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 442
Language: English

In this book, historian María M. Portuondo takes us to sixteenth-century Spain, where she identifies a community of natural philosophers and biblical scholars. They shared what she calls the “Spanish Disquiet”—a preoccupation with the perceived shortcomings of prevailing natural philosophies and empirical approaches when it came to explaining the natural world. Foremost among them was Benito Arias Montano—Spain’s most prominent biblical scholar and exegete of the sixteenth century. He was also a widely read member of the European intellectual community, and his motivation to reform natural philosophy shows that the Spanish Disquiet was a local manifestation of greater concerns about Aristotelian natural philosophy that were overtaking Europe on the eve of the Scientific Revolution. His approach to the study of nature framed the natural world as unfolding from a series of events described in the Book of Genesis, ultimately resulting in a new metaphysics, cosmology, physics, and even a natural history of the world. By bringing Arias Montano’s intellectual and personal biography into conversation with broader themes that inform histories of science of the era, The Spanish Disquiet ensures an appreciation of the variety and richness of Arias Montano’s thought and his influence on early modern science.

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Review John Slater (2019) Review of "The Spanish Disquiet: The Biblical Natural Philosophy of Benito Arias Montano". Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology (pp. 377-380). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Portuondo, María M.
Navarro Brotóns, Víctor
Wagschal, Steven
Zanetti, Cristiano
Fritz, Robert
Vallejo Villalobos, José Ramón
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Renaissance Quarterly
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
Universitat de València
Publicacions de la Universitat de València
Edwin Mellen Press
Da Capo Press
Indiana University
Natural philosophy
Science and religion
Arias Montano, Benito
Pedro Mexía
Torriani, Janello
Portaleone, Abraham b. David
Pomponazzi, Pietro
Muñoz, Jerónimo
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
15th century
Early modern
19th century

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