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Title Forgetting machines : knowledge management evolution in early modern Europe / edited By Alberto Cevolini
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]
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Series Library of the written word ; volume 53
The Handpress world ; volume 40
Library of the written word ; volume 53
Library of the written word. Handpress world ; v. 40
Contents Forgetting Machines: Knowledge Management Evolution in Early Modern Europe; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; List of Figures; Notes on Contributors; Knowledge Management Evolution in Early Modern Europe: An Introduction; Part 1: Scholarly Practices and the Transformation of Cognitive Habits in the Early Modern Age; 1 Notebooks and Collections of Excerpts: Moments of ars excerpendi in the Greco-Roman World; 2 From domus sapientiae to artes excerpendi: Lambert Schenkel's De memoria (1593) and the Transformation of the Art of Memory
3 Christoph Just Udenius and the German ars excerpendi around 1700: On the Flourishing and Disappearance of a Pedagogical Genre4 The Art of Excerpting in the Eighteenth Century Literature: Subversion and Continuity of an Old Scholarly Practice; 5 Notebooks, Recollection, and External Memory: Some Early Modern English Ideas and Practices; 6 Storing Expansions: Openness and Closure in Secondary Memories; 7 Johann Amos Comenius: Early Modern Metaphysics of Knowledge and ars excerpendi; 8 The 'White Book' of Miguel de Salinas: Design, Matter, and Destiny of a codex excerptorius
9 Albrecht von Haller as an 'Enlightened' Reader-Observer10 Medical Note-Taking in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries; 11 Early Modern Attitudes toward the Delegation of Copying and Note-Taking; Part 2: Appendix: Current Issues in Note-Taking and Card-Indexing Systems; 12 Niklas Luhmann's Card Index: Thinking Tool, Communication Partner, Publication Machine; 13 Note-Keeping: History, Theory, Practice of a Counter-Measurement against Forgetting; 14 Tools to Remember an Ever-Changing Past; Bibliography; Index
Summary We are so accustomed to use digital memories as data storage devices, that we are oblivious to the improbability of such a practice. Habit hides what we habitually use. To understand the worldwide success of archives and card indexing systems that allow to remember more because they allow to forget more than before, the evolution of scholarly practices and the transformation of cognitive habits in the early modern age must be investigated. This volume contains contributions by nearly every distinguished scholar in the field of early modern knowledge management and filing systems, and offers a remarkable synthesis of the present state of scholarship. A final section explores some current issues in record-keeping and note-taking systems, and provides valuable cues for future research
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Classification -- History.
Information organization -- Europe -- History.
Learning and scholarship -- Europe -- History.
Europe -- History -- 1492-
Europe -- Intellectual life.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Cevolini, Alberto, editor
LC no. 2016047784
ISBN 9004325255 (e-book)
9789004325258 (e-book)
(hardback ;) (alk. paper)