New Title | Anatomy and the Organization of Knowledge

Posted in books by Editor on November 18, 2012

From Pickering & Chatto:

Matthew Landers and Brian Muñoz, eds., Anatomy and the Organization of Knowledge, 1500–1850 (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012), 272 pages, ISBN: 978-1848933217, £60/$99.

Across early modern Europe, the growing scientific practice of dissection prompted new and insightful ideas about the human body. This collection of essays explores the impact of anatomical knowledge on wider issues of learning and culture. The contributors argue that the study of anatomy directly influenced the way in which emerging disciplines of study were organized.

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Introduction – Matthew Landers

Part I: The Body as a Map
1 Early Modern Dissection and a Physical Model of Organization – Matthew Landers
2 ‘Who Will Not Force a Mad Man to be Let Blood?’ Circulation and Trade in the Early Eighteenth Century – Amy Witherbee
3 Earth’s Intelligent Body: Subterranean Systems and the Circulation of Knowledge, or, The Radius Subtending Circumnavigation – Kevin L Cope
4 ‘After and Unwonted Manner’: Anatomy and Poetical Organization in Early Modern England – Mauro Spicci
5 Subtle Bodies: The Limits of Categories in Girolamo Cardano’s De subtilitate – Sarah Parker

Part II: The Collective Body
6 Mirroring, Anatomy, Transparency: The Collective Body and the Co-opted Individual in Spencer, Hobbes and Bunyan – Nick Davis
7 From Human to Political Body and Soul: Materialism and Mortalism in the Political Theory of Thomas Hobbes – Ionut Untea
8 Visualizing the Fibre-Woven Body: Nehemiah Grew’s Plant Anatomy and the Emergence of the Fibre Body – Hisao Ishizuka
9 Forms of Materialist Embodiment – Charles T Wolfe

Part III: Bodies Visualized
10 Visualizing Monsters: Anatomy as a Regulatory System – Touba Ghadessi
11 Anatomy, Newtonian Physiology and Learned Culture: The Myotomia Reformata and its Context within Georgian Scholarship – Craig Ashley Hanson
12 Art and Medicine: Creative Complicity between Artistic Representation and Research – Filippo Pierpaolo Marino
13 The Internal Environment: Claude Bernard’s Concept and its Representation in Fantastic VoyageJérôme Goffette and Jonathan Simon

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