A Review of The Circulation of Knowledge in Early Modern English Literature, by Sophie Chiari, ed. (Farnham, Surrey & Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015). Reviewed by Karin Susan Fester.
Review published in Seventeenth-Century News  Vol. 75, Nos. 3&4, pp. 85 – 91.
“The Circulation of Knowledge in Early Modern English Literature is a collection of sixteen essays devoted to various aspects of how knowledge was circulated and miscirculated through literature and drama—texts functioning as agents of change—in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. The cultural processes of “transmission,” “initiation,” and “transgression” are explored with the aim of demonstrating how these processes are interrelated. Moreover, this collection sets a precedent because…”
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A Review of Renaissance Truths: Humanism, Scholasticism and the Search for the Perfect Language by Alan R. Perreiah (Farnham, Surrey and Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2014). Review by Karin Susan Fester.
Review published in Seventeenth-Century News  Vol. 74, Nos.3&4.
The distinguished scholar of medieval logic, Alan Perreiah, takes the reader on a captivating and enlightening journey. Renaissance Truths is certainly a book about logic, but more so, Perreiah wants to fill a significant gap: to acknowledge those late medieval and early Renaissance scholars who also “sought to recover or invent a language that was pure and truthful in the way of Adam’s original tongue” (16). The author investigates the rationale underpinning “meaning” and “truth” in the work of three very significant thinkers from the late medieval and early Renaissance periods, namely, Paul of Venice, Lorenzo Valla and Juan Luis Vives.
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My latest book review…
by Michael Edwards. Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 224.
(Leiden: Brill, 2013). Reviewed by Karin Susan Fester.
“This is a book for philosophers who are not only interested in the
concept of time, but who seek new perspectives on this intriguing and
problematical philosophical concept as well as appreciate what René
Descartes and Thomas Hobbes have to say about it. Michael Edwards’
book is distinctive because it focuses attention on the numerous late
Aristotelian thinkers who assumed that the soul’s diverse functions
played an active role in the concept of time.” READ MORE