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The Worldmakers: Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe

Ayesha Ramachandran


The Worldmakers presents a cultural and intellectual history of the term “world” in early modern Europe, when the idea was a foundational but fluid, and fiercely contested, category. Tracing the intellectual strategies that helped envision an abstract global totality—an all-encompassing concept that was also intangible and unseen—the book explores how the desire for total knowledge could be satisfied from the partial perspective of human knowers. Worldmaking thus describes the methods by which early-modern thinkers sought to imagine, shape, revise, control, and articulate the dimensions of the ... More

Keywords: worldmaking, cartography, history of philosophy, early modern literature, world, global, self, empire, nation, cosmos

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226288796
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226288826.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ayesha Ramachandran, author
Yale University