Knowledge and the Public Interest, 1575-1725

Knowledge and the Public Interest, 1575-1725

Keller, Vera (University of Oregon)

Cambridge University Press






15 a 20 dias

Today, the idea that the advancement of knowledge serves the public interest is a truism. It was once the subject of widespread and lively debate. This book recovers how advancing knowledge deployed contentious political strategies of advancing empire. It can inform current debates over the value and practices of research.
1. Collecting the future in the early modern past; Part I. Origins: 2. Knowledge in ruins; 3. A charlatan's promise; Part II. Inventing the Wish List: 4. Jakob Bornitz and the joy of things; 5. Francis Bacon's new world of sciences; 6. Things fall apart: desiderata in the Hartlib circle; 7. Rebelling against useful knowledge; Part III. Institutionalizing Desire: 8. Restoring societies: the Orphean charms of science; 9. What men want: the private and public interests of the Royal Society; 10. Enemy camps: desiderata and priority disputes; 11. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and the hubris of the wish list; 12. Georg Hieronymus Welsch's fiction of consensus; 13. Wish lists enter the Academy: a new intellectual economy; 14. No final frontiers.
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