Part 1 The topography of wonder: marvels on the margins-- wonders of creation-- prodigious individuals and marvellous kinds-- wonder and belief.
Part 2 The properties of things: collecting wonders-- artificial marvels-- wonders at court.
Part 3 Wonder among the philosophers: the philosophers against wonder-- curiosity and the preternatural-- making wonders cease.
Part 4 marvellous particulars: marvellous therapeutics-- preternatural history-- preternatural philosophy.
Part 5 Monsters - a case study: horror - monsters as prodigies-- pleasure - monsters as sport-- repugnance - monsters as errors.
Part 6 Strange facts: Baconian reforms-- strange facts in learned societies-- the sociability of strange facts-- the credibility of strange facts.
Part 7 Wonders of art, wonders of nature: art and nature opposed-- the wonders of art and nature displayed-- the wonders of art and nature conjoined-- nature as artist, nature as art.
Part 8 The passions of inquiry: ravening curiosity-- wonder and curiosity allied-- gawking wonder.
Part 9 The enlightenment and the anti-marvellous: the unholy Trinity - enthusiasms, superstition, imagination-- vulgarity and the love of the marvellous-- nature's decorum-- the wistful counter-enlightenment.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
This text explores ways in which European naturalists from the High Middle ages through to the Enlightenment used wonder and wonders, the passion and its objects, to envision themselves and the natural world. Monsters, gems that shone in the dark and celestial apparitions adorned romances and puzzled philosophers. Drawing on the histories of art, science, philosophy and literature, this book explores and explains how wonder and wonders fortified princely power, rewove the texture of scientific experience and shaped the sensibility of intellectuals. (source: Nielsen Book Data)