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By Michael Witmore

Collapsing constructions, unforeseen conferences available on the market, big births, encounters with pirates at sea—these and different unexpected “accidents” on the flip of the 17th century in England obtained extraordinary value within the early sleek philosophical and cultural mind's eye. Drawing on highbrow background, cultural feedback, and rhetorical conception, this booklet chronicles the narrative transformation of “accident” from a philosophical useless finish to an fantastic party for revelation and sweetness in early smooth spiritual existence, dramatic perform, and experimental philosophy.
Embracing the concept that twist of fate used to be an idea with either discovered and renowned attraction, the e-book strains its evolution via Aristotelian, Scholastic, and Calvinist notion right into a diversity of early smooth texts. It means that for lots of English writers, unintentional occasions raised primary questions about the character of order within the international and how that order may be apprehended.
Alongside texts via such canonical figures as Shakespeare and Bacon, this learn attracts on numerous lesser-known authors of sensational information money owed approximately injuries that happened round the flip of the 17th century. the result's a cultural anatomy of injuries as philosophical challenge, theatrical conceit, non secular landmark, or even a prototype for Baconian “experiment,” person who offers a clean interpretation of the early sleek engagement with contingency in highbrow and cultural phrases.

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