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By Michael Witmore

Collapsing structures, unforeseen conferences available to buy, gigantic births, encounters with pirates at sea—these and different unexpected “accidents” on the flip of the 17th century in England received extraordinary value within the early smooth philosophical and cultural mind's eye. Drawing on highbrow historical past, cultural feedback, and rhetorical concept, this booklet chronicles the narrative transformation of “accident” from a philosophical useless finish to an fabulous get together for revelation and sweetness in early sleek spiritual lifestyles, dramatic perform, and experimental philosophy.
Embracing the idea that twist of fate used to be an idea with either discovered and renowned allure, the ebook lines its evolution via Aristotelian, Scholastic, and Calvinist suggestion right into a diversity of early smooth texts. It means that for plenty of English writers, unintended occasions raised primary questions about the character of order within the international and how that order might be apprehended.
Alongside texts through such canonical figures as Shakespeare and Bacon, this research attracts on a number of lesser-known authors of sensational information money owed approximately injuries that happened round the flip of the 17th century. the result's a cultural anatomy of injuries as philosophical challenge, theatrical conceit, religious landmark, or even a prototype for Baconian “experiment,” one who presents a clean interpretation of the early sleek engagement with contingency in highbrow and cultural terms.

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Collapsing structures, unforeseen conferences on the market, significant births, encounters with pirates at sea—these and different unexpected “accidents” on the flip of the 17th century in England received extraordinary importance within the early sleek philosophical and cultural mind's eye. Drawing on highbrow heritage, cultural feedback, and rhetorical concept, this publication chronicles the narrative transformation of “accident” from a philosophical useless finish to an fabulous celebration for revelation and sweetness in early smooth non secular existence, dramatic perform, and experimental philosophy.

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