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Author Clark, Stuart.

Title Vanities of the eye : vision in early modern European culture / Stuart Clark
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 415 pages) : illustrations
Contents Species : visions and values -- Fantasies : seeing without what was within -- Prestiges : illusions in magic and art -- Glamours : demons and virtual worlds -- Images : the reformation of the eyes -- Apparitions : the discernment of spirits -- Sights : King Saul and King Macbeth -- Seemings : philosophical scepticism -- Dreams : the epistemology of sleep -- Signs : vision and the new philosophy
Summary In this original and fascinating book, Stuart Clark investigates the cultural history of the senses in early modern Europe. At a time in which the nature and reliability of human vision was a focus for debate in medicine, art theory, science, and philosophy, there was an explosion of interest in the truth (or otherwise) of miracles, dreams, magic, and witchcraft. Was seeing really believing? Vanities of the Eye wonderfully illustrates how this was woven into contemporary. works such as Macbeth - deeply concerned with the dangers of visual illusion - and exposes early modern theories on the rel
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Philosophy, Modern.
Europe -- Civilization.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191530476 (electronic bk.)
9780191530470 (electronic bk.)
(hbk. ; alk. paper)