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Note-Taking and the Organization of Knowledge



Vine A (2020) Note-Taking and the Organization of Knowledge. In: Jalobeanu D & Wolfe CT (eds.) Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences. Living Edition ed. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

First paragraph: Note-taking was an essential prerequisite to both knowledge and textual production in early modern Europe. Highly codified, widely theorized, and commonly taught in schools and universities, methods of note-taking were shared by scholars and students across the continent. At the local level, though, those methods varied considerably, as individuals adapted them to suit their own intellectual interests and devised their own, often ingenious material practices to organize the notes that they took from their reading, the observations that they made and the knowledge that they otherwise collected and gathered. From commonplace books and diaries, to records of experiments and ledgers and accounts, manuscript culture was essential to the early modern organization of knowledge.

Publication date31/12/2020
Publication date online02/12/2020
Place of publicationCham, Switzerland

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Dr Angus Vine
Dr Angus Vine

Associate Professor, English Studies

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