The Palace of Secrets: Beroalde de Verville and Renaissance Conceptions of Knowledge Neil Kenny

ISBN: 9780198158622

Published: August 1st 2001

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320 pages


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The Palace of Secrets: Beroalde de Verville and Renaissance Conceptions of Knowledge  by  Neil Kenny

The Palace of Secrets: Beroalde de Verville and Renaissance Conceptions of Knowledge by Neil Kenny
August 1st 2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 320 pages | ISBN: 9780198158622 | 5.55 Mb

During the Renaissance, different conceptions of knowledge were debated. Dominant among these was encyclopaedism, which treated knowledge as an ordered and unified circle of learning in which branches were logically related to each other. ByMoreDuring the Renaissance, different conceptions of knowledge were debated. Dominant among these was encyclopaedism, which treated knowledge as an ordered and unified circle of learning in which branches were logically related to each other.

By contrast, writers like Montaigne saw human knowledge as an inherently unsystematic and subjective flux. This study explores the tension between these two views, examining the theories of knowledge, uses of genre, and the role of fiction in philosophical texts. Drawing on examples from sixteenth and seventeenth- century texts, and particularly focusing on the polymath Beroalde de Verville, Kenny provides an in-depth study of the two competing conceptions of knowledge.



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