“Without the Help of Glasses”: The Anthropocentric Spectacle of Nehemiah Grew’s Botany

  title={“Without the Help of Glasses”: The Anthropocentric Spectacle of Nehemiah Grew’s Botany},
  author={Al Coppola},
  journal={The Eighteenth Century},
  pages={263 - 277}
This article takes issue with a widely-held critical consensus about early modern natural philosophy, which posits that scientific apparatuses and prostheses, particularly the microscope, were enthusiastically embraced by natural philosophers, who prized them for opening up vast new regions of the knowable to the scientific observer while cultivating a “culture of fact” that sought the epistemological ground for knowledge in the ostensibly certain and manifest ocular proofs that these new… CONTINUE READING

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