Item description for A History of Curiosity: The Theory of Travel-1550-1800 (Studies in Anthropology and History) by Justin Stagl...
The author's grasp of the vast, often obscure, but highly interesting body of literature which emerged in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries commands the attention of a wide readership outside purely academic boundaries. Stagl weaves together a series of separate studies, emphasizing links between the figures, the philosophies and the literature of early modern times; links which have previously only been suspected. In focusing on the ars apodemica, or "art of travelling", a body of formal instruction on how to travel, observe and record the information gathered, Stagl demonstrates the origins of the characteristic inquisitive and systematizing spirit of the modern West. A History of Curiosity examines the early methodology of anthropological and social research from a critical-historical perspective. The two principal methods of research, travel and the questionnaire, are studied in the context of the social conditions and intellectual trends of early modern times.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 7" Height: 10" Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1995
ISBN 3718656213 ISBN13 9783718656219