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    Note Taking as an Art of Transmission.Ann Blair - 2004 - Critical Inquiry 31 (1):85.
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    The Theater of Nature: Jean Bodin and Renaissance Science.Ann Blair - 1997 - Princeton University Press.
    Table of Contents: Illustrations Acknowledgments Conventions Introduction 3 Ch. 1 Kinds of Natural Philosophy 14 Ch. 2 Methods of Bookishness 49 Ch. 3 Modes of Argument 82 Ch. 4 Bodin’s Philosophy of Nature 116 Ch. 5 Theatrical Metaphors 153 Ch. 6 The Reception of the Theatrum 180 Epilogue: The Legacies of the Theatrum 225 Notes 233 Bibliography 331 Index 369.
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    Humanist Methods in Natural Philosophy: The Commonplace Book.Ann Blair - 1992 - Journal of the History of Ideas 53 (4):541-551.
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    The Rise of Note‐Taking in Early Modern Europe.Ann Blair - 2010 - Intellectual History Review 20 (3):303-316.
    The history of note?taking has only begun to be written. On the one hand, the basic functions of selecting, summarizing, storing and sorting information garnered from reading, listening, observing and thinking can be identified in most literate contexts in some form or other. On the other hand, Renaissance humanists emphasized with unprecedented success the virtues of stockpiling notes on large scales and for the long term, thanks to the availability of paper and a new abundance of books, but also to (...)
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    Reading Strategies for Coping with Information Overload Ca. 1550-1700.Ann Blair - 2003 - Journal of the History of Ideas 64 (1):11.
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    Mosaic Physics and the Search for a Pious Natural Philosophy in the Late Renaissance.Ann Blair - 2000 - Isis 91:32-58.
    In the tense religious climate of the late Renaissance (ca. 1550-1650), traditional charges of impiety directed against Aristotle carried new weight. Many turned to alternative philosophical authorities in the search for a truly pious philosophy. Another, "most pious" solution was to ground natural philosophy on a literal reading of the Bible, especially Genesis. I examine this kind of physics, often called Mosaic, or sacred, or Christian, through the example of Johann Amos Comenius and those whom he praises as predecessors in (...)
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    Mosaic Physics and the Search for a Pious Natural Philosophy in the Late Renaissance.Ann Blair - 2000 - Isis 91 (1):32-58.
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    An Early Modernist’s Perspective.Ann Blair - 2004 - Isis 95 (3):420-430.
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    Tycho Brahe's Critique of Copernicus and the Copernican System.Ann Blair - 1990 - Journal of the History of Ideas 51 (3):355-377.
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    An Early Modernist’s Perspective.Ann Blair - 2004 - Isis 95:420-430.
    Historians of science can gain new insights into the material practices and intellectual trajectories of natural philosophers by attending to evidence of what they read and how. From the time of the early modern period we have sources not often extant for earlier periods, including manuscript reading notes, kept in separate notebooks or in the margins of books, and advice books on how to read. From this variety of sources we can piece together evidence about the reading habits peculiar to (...)
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    Reassessing Humanism and Science.Ann Blair & Anthony Grafton - 1992 - Journal of the History of Ideas 53 (4):535-540.
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    Noël-Antoine Pluche as a Jansenist Natural Theologian.Ann Blair - 2016 - Intellectual History Review 26 (1):91-99.
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  13. Disciplinary Distinctions Before the “Two Cultures”.Ann Blair - 2008 - The European Legacy 13 (5):577-588.
    C. P. Snow's conception of “two cultures” has been readily applied to modern European and especially Anglo-American contexts and used to bemoan the negative impact of disciplinary distinctions. But in the pre-modern period, disciplinary distinctions prevailed along different fault lines. I consider two examples of the dynamics between the disciplines in medieval and early modern Europe to argue that distinctions between the disciplines can foster crucial benefits along with the tensions and obstacles to interdisciplinarity of which we are more often (...)
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    Organizations of Knowledge.Ann Blair - 2007 - In James Hankins (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 287--303.
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    Erasmus and His Amanuenses.Ann Blair - 2019 - Erasmus Studies 39 (1):22-49.
    This Margaret Mann Phillips lecture of 2018 examines Erasmus’s relationships with his amanuenses, building on the work of Franz Bierlaire and others. It especially considers when and why members of Erasmus’s familia appeared in print in his works. Mention of servants functioned in a variety of ways to allay the author’s responsibility for features of the text that might be criticized. Manuscript evidence also shows Erasmus working with his amanuenses in the preparation of publications and indexes in particular.
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  16. Review. [REVIEW]Ann Blair - 1998 - Bibliothèque d'Humanisme Et Renaissance 60 (1):268-269.
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  17. The Dedication Strategies of Conrad Gessner.Ann Blair - 2017 - In Cynthia Klestinec & Gideon Manning (eds.), Professors, Physicians and Practices in the History of Medicine. Springer Verlag.
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  18. The Dedication Strategies of Conrad Gessner.Ann Blair - 2017 - In Cynthia Klestinec & Gideon Manning (eds.), Professors, Physicians and Practices in the History of Medicine: Essays in Honor of Nancy Siraisi. Springer Verlag.
    The 102 dedications composed by the sixteenth-century physician and polymath Conrad Gessner between 1541 and 1565 offer a rich trove of insight into many aspects of his particular career but also into the workings of the Republic of Letters more generally. Although Gessner never benefitted from a major patronage relationship and probably received limited financial support from his dedicatees, he nonetheless managed to publish a number of major works on his initiative, including folio volumes of philology, bibliography, and especially expensive (...)
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  19. Un Poème Inconnu De Jean Bodin.Ann Blair - 1992 - Bibliothèque d'Humanisme Et Renaissance 54 (1):175-181.
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    2003 HSS Prize Citations.Ann Blair - 2004 - Isis 95 (2):263-269.
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  21. Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Natural Philosophy: Jean Bodin and Jean-Cecile Frey.Ann Blair - 1994 - Perspectives on Science 2 (4):428-454.
    Traditional natural philosophy with its bookish methods and basic indebtedness to Aristotle harbored innovations of many different kinds in the late Renaissance. I compare the modes of innovation and of adherence to tradition in the Universae naturae theatrum of Jean Bodin, who worked outside the university although his work was cited by German professors, and in the university teaching of Jean-Cecile Frey. I argue that authorial self-presentation and ideas about the proper relation of philosophy and religion played crucial roles in (...)
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    Authorship in the Popular "Problemata Aristotelis".Ann Blair - 1999 - Early Science and Medicine 4 (3).
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    Authorship in the Popular "Problemata Aristotelis".Ann Blair - 1999 - Early Science and Medicine 4 (3):189-227.
    This article examines the complex fortuna of the "Problemata Aristotelis" which circulated widely in early modern Europe in a textual tradition independent of the better-known ancient problems attributed to Aristotle. A study of the editions of this text and its various add-ons, spanning four languages and four centuries , brings to light the otherwise obscure editorial practices that fueled its remarkable success. The authority of the text rests at first on its presentation of a collective wisdom, then on bolder claims (...)
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    Reflections on Technological Continuities: Manuscripts Copied From Printed Books.Ann Blair - 2015 - Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 91 (1):7-33.
    In our time of increasing reliance on digital media the history of the book has a special role to play in studying the codex form and the persistence of old media alongside the growth of new ones. As a contribution to recent work on the continued use of manuscript in the handpress era, I focus on some examples of manuscripts copied from printed books in the Rylands Library and discuss the motivations for making them. Some of these manuscripts were luxury (...)
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    La Poesie du Ciel En France Dans la Seconde Moitie du Seizieme Siecle. Isabelle Pantin.Ann Blair - 1997 - Isis 88 (4):707-708.
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    2003 Hss Prize Citations.Ann Blair - 2004 - Isis 95:263-269.
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    La Poesie du Ciel En France Dans la Seconde Moitie du Seizieme Siecle by Isabelle Pantin. [REVIEW]Ann Blair - 1997 - Isis 88:707-708.
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