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

By Kevin Killeen

Kevin Killeen addresses the most enigmatic of 17th century writers, Thomas Browne (1605-1682), whose voracious highbrow objectives offer an extraordinary perception into how early smooth scholarly tradition understood the kinfolk among its disciplines. Browne's paintings encompasses biblical statement, historiography, traditional background, classical philology, inventive propriety and an encyclopaedic insurance of ordinary philosophy. This ebook lines the highbrow weather within which such disparate pursuits might 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, traits that knit good with the image of a indifferent, apolitical determine, this paintings argues that Browne's value emerges such a lot absolutely within the context of up to date battles over interpretative authority, in the intricately associated fields of biblical exegesis, medical notion, and politics. Killeen's paintings centres on a reassessment of the scope and value of Browne's so much complicated textual content, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, his big encyclopaedia of errors with its mazy sequence of investigations and during this explores the multivalent nature of early-modern enquiry.

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