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    What About Editors?Koen Vermeir - 2020 - Centaurus 62 (1):1-4.
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    Centaurus at 70: Editors' Perspectives.Koen Vermeir - 2020 - Centaurus 62 (1):198-205.
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    Editorial: Doing History in the Time of COVID ‐19.Koen Vermeir - 2020 - Centaurus 62 (2):219-222.
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    Idols of the Imagination: Francis Bacon on the Imagination and the Medicine of the Mind.Sorana Corneanu & Koen Vermeir - 2012 - Perspectives on Science 20 (2):183-206.
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    Fifteen Years of the History of Science in Europe: Personal Reflections by the ESHS Presidents.Koen Vermeir, Claude Debru, Robert Fox, Eberhard Knobloch, Helge Kragh, Soňa Štrbáňová, Fabio Bevilacqua, Karine Chemla & Antoni Malet - 2018 - Centaurus 60 (1-2):104-123.
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    Centaurus : Past and Future.Koen Vermeir - 2021 - Centaurus 63 (4):619-620.
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    The ‘Physical Prophet’ and the Powers of the Imagination. Part I: A Case-Study on Prophecy, Vapours and the Imagination.Koen Vermeir - 2004 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 35 (4):561-591.
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    The 'Physical Prophet' and the Powers of the Imagination. Part I: A Case-Study on Prophecy, Vapours and the Imagination (1685–1710). [REVIEW]Koen Vermeir - 2004 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 35 (4):561-591.
    I argue that the imagination was a crucial concept for the understanding of marvellous phenomena, divination and magic in general. Exploring a debate on prophecy at the turn of the seventeenth century, I show that four explanatory categories were consistently evoked and I elucidate the role of the imagination in each of them. I introduce the term ‘floating concept’ to conceptualise the different ways in which the imagination and the related ‘animal spirits’ were understood in diverse discourses. My argument is (...)
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    Boundaries, Extents and Circulations: Space and Spatiality in Early Modern Natural Philosophy.Jonathan Regier & Koen Vermeir (eds.) - 2016 - Springer Verlag.
    This volume is an important re-evaluation of space and spatiality in the late Renaissance and early modern period. History of science has generally reduced sixteenth and seventeenth century space to a few canonical forms. This volume gives a much needed antidote. The contributing chapters examine the period’s staggering richness of spatiality: the geometrical, geographical, perceptual and elemental conceptualizations of space that abounded. The goal is to begin to reconstruct the amalgam of “spaces” which co-existed and cross-fertilized in the period’s many (...)
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    The 'Physical Prophet' and the Powers of the Imagination. Part II: A Case-Study on Dowsing and the Naturalisation of the Moral, 1685–1710.Koen Vermeir - 2005 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 36 (1):1-24.
    In the first paper of this pair, I argued the importance of theories of the imagination in debates on divination [Vermeir, K. . The ‘physical prophet’ and the powers of the imagination. Part I: A case-study on prophecy, vapours and the imagination . Studies in History and Philosophy of Science C, 35, 561–591]. In the present article, I will rely on these results in order to unearth the role of the imagination in a discussion on dowsing. References to the imagination (...)
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    The Dustbin of the Republic of Letters: Pierre Bayle's “Dictionaire” as an Encyclopedic Palimpsest of Errors.Koen Vermeir - 2012 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 1 (1):109-149.
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    Varieties of Wonder: John Wilkins' Mathematical Magic and the Perpetuity of Invention.Maarten Van Dyck & Koen Vermeir - 2014 - Historia Mathematica 41 (4):463-489.
    Akin to the mathematical recreations, John Wilkins' Mathematicall Magick (1648) elaborates the pleasant, useful and wondrous part of practical mathematics, dealing in particular with its material culture of machines and instruments. We contextualize the Mathematicall Magick by studying its institutional setting and its place within changing conceptions of art, nature, religion and mathematics. We devote special attention to the way Wilkins inscribes mechanical innovations within a discourse of wonder. Instead of treating ‘wonder’ as a monolithic category, we present a typology, (...)
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    The ‘Physical Prophet’ and the Powers of the Imagination. Part II: A Case-Study on Dowsing and the Naturalisation of the Moral, 1685–1710.Koen Vermeir - 2005 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 36 (1):1-24.
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    Electricity and Imagination: Post-Romantic Electrified Experience and the Gendered Body. An Introduction.Koen Vermeir - 2015 - Centaurus 57 (3):131-155.
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    Centaurus: Continuing as an Open Access Journal.Theodore Arabatzis & Koen Vermeir - 2022 - Centaurus 64 (1):11-12.
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  16. The Science of Sensibility. Reading Edmund Burke's Philosophical Enquiry.Koen Vermeir & Michael Deckard (eds.) - 2012 - Dordrecht: Springer.
    Attracting philosophers, politicians, artists as well as the educated reader, Edmund Burke’s Philosophical Enquiry, first published in 1757, was a milestone in western thinking. This edited volume will take the 250th anniversary of the Philosophical Enquiry as an occasion to reassess Burke’s prominence in the history of ideas. Situated on the threshold between early modern philosophy and the Enlightenment, Burke’s oeuvre combines reflections on aesthetics, politics and the sciences. This collection is the first book length work devoted primarily to Burke’s (...)
     
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    Imagination Between Physick and Philosophy.Koen Vermeir - 2008 - Intellectual History Review 18 (1):119-137.
    I argue that the imagination plays a central role in the thought of the Cambridge Platonist Henry More. First, physiological descriptions of melancholy and imagination were at the heart of his attack against enthusiasm and atheism. Second, in order to defend his metaphysical dualism, he had to respond to traditional accounts of the imagination as a mediating faculty between body and soul. Third, More also opposed the traditional view that the imagination was a material faculty, because in the context of (...)
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    De familie der wetenschappen.Koen Vermeir - 2009 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 71 (1):119-145.
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    Harald Siebert. Die große kosmologische Kontroverse: Rekonstruktionsversuche anhand des Itinerarium exstaticum von Athanasius Kircher SJ . 383 pp., illus., figs., bibl., index. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2006. €E76. [REVIEW]Koen Vermeir - 2008 - Isis 99 (4):846-847.
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    Malebranche Et les Pouvoirs de L'Imagination.Raffaele Carbone & Koen Vermeir - 2012 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 4:661-669.
    Malebranche's ideas about the imagination have inspired philosophers over the centuries. Drawing on the writings of Aristotle, Bacon, Descartes and many other sources, Malebranche created his own innovative theory. It is especially his work on the force of the imagination, however, that was to be of lasting influence. In this introductory article, we briefly discuss Malebranche's theory of the imagination and point out its role in mathematics, contagion of ideas, monstrous births, errors of the mind and rhetoric.
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    Charlatan Epistemology: As Illustrated by a Study of Wonder-Working in the Late Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic.Koen Vermeir - 2020 - Science in Context 33 (4):363-384.
    ArgumentThis article highlights the epistemic concerns that have permeated the historical discourse around charlatanism. In it, I study the term “charlatan” as a multivalent actor’s category without a stable referent. Instead of defining or identifying “the charlatan,” I analyze how the concept of the charlatan was used to make epistemic interventions about what constituted credible knowledge in two interconnected controversies. Focusing on these controversies allows me to thematize how the concept of “the charlatan” expanded beyond medical contexts and to bring (...)
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    Steven Vanden Broecke. The Limits of Influence: Pico, Louvain, and the Crisis of Renaissance Astrology. Xvi + 316 Pp., Illus., Bibl., Indexes. Leiden/Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004. $126. [REVIEW]Koen Vermeir - 2005 - Isis 96 (4):650-651.
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    Wendy Beth Hyman . The Automaton in English Renaissance Literature. Vi + 209 Pp., Illus., Bibl., Index. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2011. £55. [REVIEW]Koen Vermeir - 2014 - Isis 105 (2):426-427.
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    De moeizame verhouding van filosofie en ICT: een verslag van de 22e Nederlands-Vlaamse filosofiedag Leiden, 28 oktober 2000. [REVIEW]Thomas Reydon & Koen Vermeir - 2001 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 93 (2):146-149.
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    Introduction: History of Early Astronomy in Centaurus.Jonathan Regier & Koen Vermeir - 2019 - Centaurus 61 (1-2):139-142.
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    A Family of Sciences. From a Wittgensteinian to a Procedural Analysis of the Demarcation Problem.Koen Vermeir - 2009 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 71 (1):119-145.
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    Art and Science in the Early Modern Netherlands - Edited by Eric Jorink and Bart Ramakers.Koen Vermeir - 2014 - Centaurus 56 (1):56-57.
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    Preface: Electricity and Imagination.Koen Vermeir - 2015 - Centaurus 57 (3):129-130.
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    PAMELA O. LONG, Openness, Secrecy, Authorship: Technical Arts and the Culture of Knowledge From Antiquity to the Renaissance. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. Pp. Xiii+364. ISBN 0-8018-6606-5. 38.00. [REVIEW]Catherine Eagleton, Karin Tybjerg & Koen Vermeir - 2004 - British Journal for the History of Science 37 (1):101-103.
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    Celebrating 15 Years of the European Society for the History of Science.Koen Vermeir - 2018 - Centaurus 60 (1-2):1-2.
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    Athanasius Kircher’s Magical Instruments: An Essay on ‘Science’, ‘Religion’ and Applied Metaphysics.Koen Vermeir - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 38 (2):363-400.
    In this paper I endeavour to bridge the gap between the history of material culture and the history of ideas. I do this by focussing on the intersection between metaphysics and technology—what I call ‘applied metaphysics’—in the oeuvre of the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher. By scrutinising the interplay between texts, objects and images in Kircher’s work, it becomes possible to describe the multiplicity of meanings related to his artefacts. I unearth as yet overlooked metaphysical and religious meanings of the camera (...)
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