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Mining Tacitus: secrets of empire, nature and art in the reason of state

Keller, Vera

The British Journal for the History of Science, 2012, Vol.45(2), pp.189-212 [Evalué par les pairs]

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  • Titre :
    Mining Tacitus: secrets of empire, nature and art in the reason of state
  • Auteur(s) : Keller, Vera
  • Notes : Abstract A new political practice, the ‘reason of state’, informed the ends and practices of natural study in the late sixteenth century. Informed by the study of the Roman historian Tacitus, political writers gathered ‘secrets of empire’ from both history and travel. Following the economic reorientation of ‘reason of state’ by Giovanni Botero (1544–1617), such secrets came to include bodies of useful particulars concerning nature and art collected by an expanding personnel of intelligencers. A comparison between various writers describing wide-scale collections, such as Botero, Francis Bacon (1561–1626), Jakob Bornitz (1560–1625) and Matthias Bernegger (1582–1640), reveals that seventeenth-century natural intelligencers across Europe not only were analogous to political intelligencers, but also were sometimes one and the same. Those seeking political prudence cast themselves as miners, prying precious particulars from the recesses of history, experience and disparate disciplines, including mathematics, alchemy and natural philosophy. The seventeenth-century practice of combining searches for secrets of empire, nature and art contests a frequent historiographical divide between empirical science and Tacitism or reason of state. It also points to the ways political cunning shaped the management of information for both politics and the study of nature and art.
  • Liens : The British Journal for the History of Science, 2012, Vol.45(2), pp.189-212 [Evalué par les pairs]
  • Sujets : History of Science ; Political Thought ; Conceptualization ; Empires ; Natural History ; Art Collections ; Travel ; Intelligentsia ; Sociology
  • Type : Article
  • ISSN: 0007-0874 ; E-ISSN: 1474-001X ; DOI: 10.1017/S0007087412000076

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