Ways of making and knowing : the material culture of empirical knowledge / edited by Pamela H. Smith, Amy R. W. Meyers, and Harold J. Cook.

Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2014]
xi, 430 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Bard Graduate Center cultural histories of the material world.
Bard Graduate Center cultural histories of the material world

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Intellectual life -- Philosophy.
Intellectual life -- History.
Knowledge, Theory of.
Empiricism -- Philosophy.
Empiricism -- History.
Material culture -- Philosophy.
Material culture -- History.
Handicraft -- Philosophy.
Handicraft -- History.
"Making" and "knowing" have generally been viewed as belonging to different types and orders of knowledge. "Craft" and "making" have been associated with how-to information, oriented to a particular situation or product, often informal and tacit, while "knowing" has been related to theoretical, propositional, and abstract knowledge including natural science. Although craftspeople and artists have worked with natural materials and sometimes have been viewed as experts in the behavior of matter, the notion that making art can constitute a means of knowing nature is a novel one. This volume, with contributions from historians of science, medicine, art, and material culture, shows that the histories of science and art are not simply histories of concepts or styles, or at least not that alone, but histories of the making and using of objects to understand the world. The common view of craftspeople more or less mindlessly following a collection of recipes or rules -which are said to be fundamentally different from "science" and "art" - has greatly distorted our understanding of the growth of natural knowledge in the early modern period. More intensive examination of material practices makes it clear that the methods of the artisan represent a process of knowledge-making that involved extensive experimentation and observation, in addition to generalizations about matter and nature. As increasing numbers of people came to be immersed in such activities, whether as craftspeople, medical practitioners, merchants, nobles, magistrates, reformers, collectors, or even scholars, the attributes of "nature" were not only articulated in a variety of ways, and not only seen as a resource for human use, but came to be identified with a variety of "goods." Knowing nature could of course lead to material betterment but for many, living according to nature's dictates also led to the development of personal ethics and the public good. As natural knowledge became increasingly important in society in these various ways, it forged new connections among groups, helped create new identities, brought about new kinds of claims to authority and intellectual legitimacy, and gave rise to new ways of thinking about the senses, certainty, and epistemology. None of this could have happened without the conversations and controversies that enabled the assessment of objects in novel ways. -- Publisher's website.
Introduction: Making and Knowing / Harold J. Cook, Pamela H. Smith, and Amy R.W. Meyers
Making as Knowing : Craft as Natural Philosophy / Pamela H. Smith
From Skills to Wisdom : Making, Knowing, and the Arts / Suzanne B. Butters
Between Trade and Science : Dyeing and Knowing in the Long Eighteenth Century / Alicia Weisberg-Roberts
How to Cure the Golden Vein : Medical Remedies as Wissenschaft in Early Modern Germany / Alisha Rankin
Evidence, Artisan Experience, and Authority in Early Modern England / Patrick Wallis and Catherine Wright
American Roots : Techniques of Plant Transportation and Cultivation in the Early Atlantic World / Mark Laird and Karen Bridgman
Inside the Box : John Bartram and the Science and Commerce of the Transatlantic Plant Trade / Joel T. Fry
From Plant to Page : Aesthetics and Objectivity in a Nineteenth-Century Book of Trees / Lisa L. Ford
The Labor of Division : Cabinetmaking and the Production of Knowledge / Glenn Adamson
Making Lists : Social and Material Technologies in the Making of Seventeenth-Century British Natural History / Elizabeth Yale
The Preservation of Specimens and the Takeoff in Anatomical Knowledge in the Early Modern Period / Harold J. Cook
Conrad Gessner on an "Ad Vivum" Image / Sachiko Kusukawa
Corals versus Trees : Charles Darwin's Early Sketches of Evolution / Horst Bredekamp
Decay, Conservation, and the Making of Meaning through Museum Objects / Mary M. Brooks
Epilogue: Making and Knowing, Then and Now / Malcolm Baker.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Anne and Joseph Trachtman Memorial Book Fund.
Smith, Pamela H., 1957- editor of compilation.
Meyers, Amy R. W., editor of compilation.
Cook, Harold J., editor of compilation.
Anne and Joseph Trachtman Memorial Book Fund.
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