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Go FigureEnergies, Forms, and Institutions in the Early Modern World$
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Judith H. Anderson and Joan Pong Linton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233496

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823233496.001.0001

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Spenser's Giant and the New Science

Spenser's Giant and the New Science

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(p.19) Spenser's Giant and the New Science
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Judith H. Anderson

Joan Pong Linton

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823233496.003.0002

New questions about the stability and intelligibility of the universe raised in the last quarter of the sixteenth century help us understand the particular form of the Giant's project and Artegall's resistance to it. Along with new ideas about the structure of the universe and behavior of matter came altered assumptions about the relationship between the appearance of the world and the causes of natural phenomena, and about how human beings can gain access to knowledge about causal reality. When the Giant and Artegall argue about whether the elements are disordered, whether unsubstantial things can be weighed, and whether unlike things can be compared, they reference specific debates ongoing among mathematicians and natural philosophers in the period.

Keywords:   Spenser, Giant, Artegall, causal reality, universe, matter, natural phenomena

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