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The Art of PhilosophyVisual Thinking in Europe from the Late Renaissance to the Early Enlightenment$
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Susanna Berger

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691172279

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691172279.001.0001

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The Visible Order of Student Lecture Notebooks

The Visible Order of Student Lecture Notebooks

(p.115) Chapter 3 The Visible Order of Student Lecture Notebooks
The Art of Philosophy

Susanna Berger

Princeton University Press

This chapter turns to the functions of images integrated into manuscript sources. It presents the first analysis of the visual representations in the Paris philosophy notebooks. It demonstrates how the study of printed visual representations and the activity of drawing became central components of philosophical training in the early modern period. As this chapter is the first to deal with drawn materials, it begins with a brief excursus on theoretical uses of this practice in the Renaissance. It then provides an important context to understanding the texts and images in the notebooks, describing the teaching of philosophy and the format of lectures in Paris and Leuven in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Next, it presents an overview of the functions of the prints and drawings found in Paris and Leuven student notebooks.

Keywords:   philosophical knowledge, visual representation, manuscripts, Paris philosophy notebooks, manuscript, drawing

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