Encountering Water in Early Modern Europe and Beyond
Title
Encountering Water in Early Modern Europe and Beyond
Subtitle
Redefining the Universe through Natural Philosophy, Religious Reformations, and Sea Voyaging
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€ 106,00
ISBN
9789462988736
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Hardback
Number of pages
274
Language
English
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15.6 x 23.4 cm
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Table of Contents
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Introduction: Why Water?
Chapter 1: Athens and Jerusalem on Water
Part I: Water in Exegetical, Natural Philosophical, Cosmographical, and Geographical Texts from circa 1000-1600
Chapter 2: Gathering Water in Exegetical Texts
Chapter 3: Defining Water in Natural Philosophical Texts
Chapter 4: Describing and Depicting Water in Cosmographical and Geographical Texts
Part II: Why Water
Chapter 5: Water in Newly Rediscovered Ancient and Medieval Texts
Chapter 6: Exploring the Created Universe through Water
Chapter 7: Sea Voyages and the Water-Earth Relationship
Afterword: The Redefinition of the Universe and the Twenty-First-Century Water Crisis
Bibliography
Index

Reviews and Features

"Of the four elements that classical philosophy—and subsequently the hermeneutics of the Judaeo-Christian tradition—saw as forming the essence of life on Earth, water has undoubtedly received the greatest attention in both scientific and religious-philosophical writings. This fact is clearly demonstrated by Lindsay Starkey in Encountering Water in Early Modern Europe and Beyond. [...] Adopting a convincing line of argument, Starkey says that from the sixteenth century onwards there has been a shift away from a philosophical-religious approach to one that is more practical, discussing water more in terms of human activities (in particular, voyages of geographical discovery)."
- Salvatore Ciriacono, Università degli Studi di Padova, Renaissance and Reformation 44.1 (Winter 2021)

"Through the long-term approach, Starkey presents a novel and informative overview of developments in European intellectual thought over the course of a millennium and a half. [...] Encountering Water in Early Modern Europe and Beyond is evidence of the important insights that can be gained through covering long time periods. The book is also an important contribution to the discussion of how people have understood their environment throughout history and adds to our understanding of early-modern world views."
- Charlotta Forss, Imago Mundi, Vol. 74, Pt. 1

Lindsay Starkey

Encountering Water in Early Modern Europe and Beyond

Redefining the Universe through Natural Philosophy, Religious Reformations, and Sea Voyaging

Both the Christian Bible and Aristotle’s works suggest that water should entirely flood the earth. Though many ancient, medieval, and early modern Europeans relied on these works to understand and explore the relationships between water and earth, sixteenth-century Europeans particularly were especially concerned with why dry land existed. This book investigates why they were so interested in water’s failure to submerge the earth when their predecessors had not been. Analyzing biblical commentaries as well as natural philosophical, geographical, and cosmographical texts from these periods, Lindsay Starkey shows that European sea voyages to the southern hemisphere combined with the traditional methods of European scholarship and religious reformations led sixteenth-century Europeans to reinterpret water and earth’s ontological and spatial relationships. The manner in which they did so also sheds light on how we can respond to our current water crisis before it is too late.
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Author

Lindsay Starkey

Lindsay J. Starkey is an Assistant Professor of History at Kent State University at Stark. She specializes in early modern European history, and has published pieces in Explorations in Renaissance Culture, Culture and Cosmos, Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme, and Preternature.