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The Limits of MatterChemistry, Mining, and Enlightenment$
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Hjalmar Fors

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226194998

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226195049.001.0001

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The Edges of the Map

(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Limits of Matter

Hjalmar Fors

University of Chicago Press

This chapter provides an overview of the book and maps out the central theoretical issues that it addresses. The book proceeds from a conceptual framework developed as the strong programme of the sociology of knowledge. Furthermore, it relies on Thomas Gieryn’s notion of boundary work, and adapts it to Enlightenment science. This chapter also presents a critique of the center-periphery model of knowledge exchange between different regions, and delineates a theoretical framework that enables discussions of late seventeenth- and eighteenth century production of knowledge as a consequence of Europe-wide knowledge circulation.

Keywords:   enlightenment science, circulation of knowledge, boundary work, sociology of knowledge, history of science

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