History of Science
General Catalog Course Title:
History of Science
Terms Offered:
Spring 2016
Fall 2014
Spring 2014
Fall 2013
Fall 2011
Course Thread: 
Sciences and Society
Instructor: 
Mazzotti, Massimo
Instructor: 
Li, P.C.

This seminar studies the momentous transformation of knowledge that took place
between the late sixteenth and the early eighteenth century, and which is usually
described as the Scientific Revolution. During this period, the criteria for assessing what
can count as sound evidence changed significantly, as did those to judge whether an
argument is valid, or a belief credible. We shall explore the social and cultural contexts in
which Western science emerged as a distinctive kind of knowledge and set of practices.
At the same time, we shall look at the continuing vitality, throughout this period, of forms
of religious and magical experience. How do historians understand this entanglement of
recognizably modern ways of thinking with beliefs in magic, astrology, prophecy, and witchcraft?

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