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Aesthetics of Universal Knowledge

Editors: Schaffer, Simon, Tresch, John, Gagliardi, Pasquale (Eds.)

  • Offers a very interdisciplinary approach, bringing together philosophers, historians, anthropologists, sociologists, technical experts, and artists.Includes illustrative visuals.
  • Confronts central questions of today’s global condition: What are the technologies, myths, and aesthetic styles for depicting and realizing knowledge of the universe and universal knowledge.
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About this book

Born out of a major international dialogue held at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy, this collection of essays presents innovative and provocative arguments about the claims of universal knowledge schemes and the different aesthetic and material forms in which such claims have been made and executed. Contributors take a close look at everything from religious pilgrimages, museums, and maps of the world, to search engines and automated GPS.
Current obsessions in information technology, communications theory, and digital culture often concern the value and possibility of a grand accumulation of universally accessible forms of knowledge: total libraries, open data bases, ubiquitous computing, and ‘smart’ technologies. These obsessions have important social and philosophical origins, and they raise profound questions about the very nature of knowledge and its organization. This volume’s contributors draw on the histories of maps and of encyclopedias, worldviews and visionary collections, to make sense of the crucial relation between the way the world is known and how it might be displayed and transformed. 

About the authors

Simon Schaffer is Professor of History of Science at the University of Cambridge, UK. He is the author of La fabrique des sciences modernes and the coeditor of The Material Cultures of Enlightenment Arts and Sciences.
John Tresch is Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is the author of The Romantic Machine: Utopian Science and Technology after Napoleon, among other works.

Pasquale Gagliardi, former Professor of Sociology of Organizations at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, is now Secretary General of the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice, Italy. He is the author of Symbols & Artifacts. Views of the Corporate Landscape and Le imprese come culture, among other books.

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Aesthetics of Universal Knowledge
Editors
  • Simon Schaffer
  • John Tresch
  • Pasquale Gagliardi
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
Fondazione Giorgio Cini onlus
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-42595-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-42595-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-42594-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82615-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 271
Number of Illustrations
25 b/w illustrations, 32 illustrations in colour
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