The Dark Side of Knowledge : histories of ignorance, 1400 to 1800

95863ZWIERLEIN Cornel (ed.)
The Dark Side of Knowledge : histories of ignorance, 1400 to 1800
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2016.
ISBN 9789004325128

Résumé éditeur :

How can one study the absence of knowledge, the voids, the conscious and unconscious unknowns through history? Investigations into late medieval and early modern practices of measuring, of risk calculation, of ignorance within financial administrations, of conceiving the docta ignorantia as well as the silence of the illiterate are combined with contributions regarding knowledge gaps within identification procedures and political decision-making, with the emergence of consciously delimited blanks on geographical maps, with ignorance as a factor embedded in iconographic programs, in translation processes and the semantic potentials of reading. Based on thorough archival analysis, these selected contributions from conferences at Harvard and Paris are tightly framed by new theoretical elaborations that have implications beyond these cases and epochal focus.

Table des matières :

Introduction: Towards a History of Ignorance, Cornel Zwierlein

PART 1: LAW
1 Law and the Uncertainty of Value in Late Medieval Marseille and Lucca, Daniel L. Smail
2 Nescience and the Conscience of Judges. An example of Religion’s influence on Legal procedure, Mathias Schmoeckel
3 Speaking Nothing to Power in early modern Germany: Making Sense of Peasant Silence in the Ius Commune, Govind P. Sreenivasan

PART 2: ECONOMY
4 Coping with unkown Risks in Renaissance Florence: Insurance, Friars and Abacus Teachers, Giovanni Ceccarelli
5 (Non-)Knowledge, Political Economy and Trade Policy in Seventeenth-Century France: The Problem of Trade Balances, Moritz Isenmann
6 Ignorance in Europe’s State Financial Culture (Eighteenth Century), Marie-Laure Legay

PART 3: SEMANTICS
7 Voluptas carnis. Allegory and Non-Knowledge in Pieter Aertsen’s Still-Life Paintings, John T. Hamilton
8 Humanist Styles of Reading in the Prologues and Epilogues of William Caxton, Taylor Cowdery
9 Coexistence and Ignorance: What Europeans in the Levant did not read (ca. 1620 to 1750), Cornel Zwierlein

PART 4: POLITICAL AND SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION
10 Ignorance about the Traveler: Documenting Safe Conduct in the European Middle Ages, Adam J. Kosto
11 International Crises as Experience of Non-Knowledge: European Powers and the ‘Affairs of Provence’ (1589-1598), Fabrice Micallef
12 Dealing with Hurricanes and Mississippi Floods in Early French New Orleans. Environmental (Non-) Knowledge in a Colonial Context, Eleonora Rohland
13 ‘Unknown Sciences’ and Unknown Superiors. The Problem of Non-Knowledge in Eighteenth-Century Secret Societies, Andrew McKenzie-McHarg
14 Specifying Ignorance in Eighteenth-Century Cartography, a powerful way to promote the Geographer’s Work: The example of Jean-Baptiste d’Anville, Lucile Haguet

PART 5: THEORY
15 Semantics of the Void Empty Spaces in Eighteenth-Century German Historiography – A First Sketch of a Semiotic Theory, Lucian Hölscher
16 Non-Knowledge and Decision Making: The Challenge for the Historian, William O’Reilly

Axe de recherches :

  • Axe 4 : Innovations

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