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Title: Ways of Knowing: Ten Interdisciplinary Essays
Author: Lindemann, Mary
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2004
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780391041844
Volumes: 1; Pages: 219
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"Knowing" itself is a problematic concept and what was once seen as the clear objective of "knowing," that is to discover "truth" or "reality," has become increasingly less certain. This is even more the case when scholars move from the present to examine epistemology in the past. Two fundamental questions arise: What constituted knowledge in the context of early modern Germany and how was knowledge gathered, assembled, organized, deployed, and interpreted? Ways of Knowing seeks to answer these questions. Taking their cues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, including art, German literature, social, political, medical, and religious history, the contributors offer readers a rich and insightful portrait of knowing and knowledge in early modern Germany. Investigators look at what people "knew" in early modern Germany and how they "knew" it. Four essays in part one consider how knowledge was created and organized. In part two, six authors examine how knowledge was evaluated and how it functioned, especially in the realms of belief, law, politics, and medicine.Readership: The interdisciplinary character of this volume, bridging and blending persepctives from several disciplines, should interest all scholars and students of the early modern period.Mary Lindemann is Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the author of Patriots and Paupers: Hamburg, 1712-1830 (Oxford University Press, 1990); Health and Healing in Eighteenth-Century Germany (Johns Hopkins University Press); and Medicine and Society in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press).