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The WorldmakersGlobal Imagining in Early Modern Europe$
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Ayesha Ramachandran

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226288796

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226288826.001.0001

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From Cosmography to Cosmopolitanism

(p.221) Epilogue
The Worldmakers

Ayesha Ramachandran

University of Chicago Press

The epilogue begins with an explication of the famous Fool’s Cap Map and outlines the major thematic arcs of the book’s meditation on worldmaking: the circular dialectic from the self to world and back again; the strategic discursive shift from cosmography to cosmopolitanism over the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; the emergence of a global international politics and moral philosophy; and the essential role of the speculative, creative imagination alongside the new science in the renovation of “world” as a modern concept. It returns to the form of the atlas as a means for re-organizing and comprehending the world, connecting historical-critical projects such as Aby Warburg’s Atlas Mnemosyne (and its recent reconstructions) to the promise of the mapping challenge undertaken by Google Earth.

Keywords:   Fool’s Cap Map, cosmography, cosmopolitanism, atlas, Google Earth, self, world

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