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Barbara J. Shapiro - Author

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Books by Barbara J. Shapiro

Probability and Certainty in Seventeenth-Century England A Study of the Relationships Between National Science, Religion, History, Law, and Literature

Probability and Certainty in Seventeenth-Century England A Study of the Relationships Between National Science, Religion, History, Law, and Literature

Author: Barbara J. Shapiro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2020

The Description for this book, Probability and Certainty in Seventeenth-Century England: A Study of the Relationships Between National Science, Religion, History, Law, and Literature, will be forthcoming.

Probability and Certainty in Seventeenth-Century England A Study of the Relationships Between National Science, Religion, History, Law, and Literature

Probability and Certainty in Seventeenth-Century England A Study of the Relationships Between National Science, Religion, History, Law, and Literature

Author: Barbara J. Shapiro Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/03/2020

The Description for this book, Probability and Certainty in Seventeenth-Century England: A Study of the Relationships Between National Science, Religion, History, Law, and Literature, will be forthcoming.

Political Communication and Political Culture in England, 1558-1688

Political Communication and Political Culture in England, 1558-1688

Author: Barbara J. Shapiro Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2012

This book surveys the channels through which political ideas and knowledge were conveyed to the English people from the beginning of the reign of Elizabeth I to the Revolution of 1688. Shapiro argues that an assessment of English political culture requires an examination of all means by which this culture was expressed and communicated. While the discussion focuses primarily on genres such as the sermon, newsbook, poetry, and drama, it also considers the role of events and institutions. Shapiro is the first to explore and elucidate the entire web of communication in early modern English political life.

A Culture of Fact England, 1550-1720

A Culture of Fact England, 1550-1720

Author: Barbara J. Shapiro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2003

Barbara J. Shapiro traces the surprising genesis of the fact, a modern concept that, she convincingly demonstrates, originated not in natural science but in legal discourse. She follows the concept's evolution and diffusion across a variety of disciplines in early modern England, examining how the emerging culture of fact shaped the epistemological assumptions of each intellectual enterprise.Drawing on an astonishing breadth of research, Shapiro probes the fact's changing identity from an alleged human action to a proven natural or human happening. The crucial first step in this transition occurred in the sixteenth century when English common law established a definition of fact which relied on eyewitnesses and testimony. The concept widened to cover natural as well as human events as a result of developments in news reportage and travel writing. Only then, Shapiro discovers, did scientific philosophy adopt the category fact. With Francis Bacon advocating more stringent criteria, the witness became a vital component in scientific observation and experimentation. Shapiro also recounts how England's preoccupation with the fact influenced historiography, religion, and literature-which saw the creation of a fact-oriented fictional genre, the novel.

A Culture of Fact England, 1550-1720

A Culture of Fact England, 1550-1720

Author: Barbara J. Shapiro Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/11/1999

Barbara J. Shapiro traces the surprising genesis of the fact, a modern concept that, she convincingly demonstrates, originated not in natural science but in legal discourse. She follows the concept's evolution and diffusion across a variety of disciplines in early modern England, examining how the emerging culture of fact shaped the epistemological assumptions of each intellectual enterprise.Drawing on an astonishing breadth of research, Shapiro probes the fact's changing identity from an alleged human action to a proven natural or human happening. The crucial first step in this transition occurred in the sixteenth century when English common law established a definition of fact which relied on eyewitnesses and testimony. The concept widened to cover natural as well as human events as a result of developments in news reportage and travel writing. Only then, Shapiro discovers, did scientific philosophy adopt the category fact. With Francis Bacon advocating more stringent criteria, the witness became a vital component in scientific observation and experimentation. Shapiro also recounts how England's preoccupation with the fact influenced historiography, religion, and literature-which saw the creation of a fact-oriented fictional genre, the novel.