Culture of Accidents. Unexpected Knowledges in Early Modern by Michael Witmore

By Michael Witmore

Collapsing constructions, unforeseen conferences on the market, immense births, encounters with pirates at sea—these and different unexpected “accidents” on the flip of the 17th century in England received unparalleled value within the early glossy philosophical and cultural mind's eye. Drawing on highbrow heritage, cultural feedback, and rhetorical conception, this booklet chronicles the narrative transformation of “accident” from a philosophical useless finish to an awesome get together for revelation and beauty in early sleek non secular existence, dramatic perform, and experimental philosophy.
Embracing the concept that twist of fate was once an idea with either discovered and renowned allure, the publication lines its evolution via Aristotelian, Scholastic, and Calvinist notion right into a diversity of early smooth texts. It means that for lots of English writers, unintended occasions raised basic questions about the character of order within the international and how that order will be apprehended.
Alongside texts by way of such canonical figures as Shakespeare and Bacon, this learn attracts on numerous lesser-known authors of sensational information bills approximately injuries that happened round the flip of the 17th century. the result's a cultural anatomy of injuries as philosophical challenge, theatrical conceit, non secular landmark, or even a prototype for Baconian “experiment,” one who offers a clean interpretation of the early glossy engagement with contingency in highbrow and cultural phrases.

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