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INTRODUCTION
DISCIPLINES AND FORMS OF KNOWLEDGE IN EARLY MODERN THOUGHT

Invited editors: Dana Jalobeanu, Oana Matei, and Laura Georgescu
The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were a time of unprecedented change, in almost every respect, but particularly in the modes, practices, norms and methods associated with the production of knowledge. They also saw the emergence of new disciplines and forms of knowledge, and the serious reformation of existing ones. Regardless of whether one is the partisan or adversary of the historiographical thesis of the ‘scientific revolution,’ and regardless of whether one sees continuity or major breaks in the emergence of early modern modes of knowledge, one cannot deny that the late sixteenth-century was a flourishing period for a plethora of new disciplines, disciplinary clusters, discourses and systems and forms of knowledge that fell between the disciplinary divides.

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