Normalisation of Early Modern Science: Inventory of 17th- and 18th-Century Sources



This dataset contains a corpus of early modern natural philosophy works that underlie the European Research Commission-funded Starting Grant “The Normalisation of Natural Philosophy: How Teaching Practices Shaped the Evolution of Early Modern Science,” (grant agreement No. 801653 NaturalPhilosophy), led by Dr. Andrea Sangiacomo at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen.


The methodology behind the retrieval, cleaning, and annotation of this repository is described in the paper:


Sangiacomo, Andrea; Tanasescu, Raluca; Donker, Silvia; Hogenbirk, Hugo. 2021. “Mapping the Evolution of Early Modern Natural Philosophy: Corpus Collection and Authority Acknowledgement,” published in the Annals of Science (DOI: 10.1080/00033790.2021.1992502; permanent link: [forthcoming on the date of the upload]


The difference between the total number of entries in this data set and the number of titles we ran our analyses on comes from listing multiple volumes of the same work as one single entry. The work on this corpus continues and further versions will be gradually uploaded, with supplementary information about publishers and publication places.


The dictionaries from which we selected the data in worksheets 2-5 are the following:


Wiep van Bunge, Henri Krop, Bart Leeuwenburgh, Paul Schuurman, Han van Ruler and Michiel Wielema, Dictionary of Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Dutch Philosophers (London: Bloomsbury, 2003);

John Yolton, Valdimir Price and John Stephens. Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century British Philosophers (London: Bloomsbury, 1999);

Andrew Pyle. Dictionary of Seventeenth-Century British Philosophers (London: Bloomsbury, 2000);

Luc Foisneau. Dictionary of Seventeenth-Century French Philosophers (London: Bloomsbury, 2008);

Heiner F. Klemme and Manfred Kuehn. Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century Philosophers (London: Bloomsbury, 2011).


University of Groningen Team:

Andrea Sangiacomo (principal investigator)

Raluca Tanasescu (postdoctoral researcher)

Silvia Donker and Hugo Hogenbirk (PhD students)

Cristian A. Marocico (scientific programmer, Center for Information Technology)

Wim Breakman (bibliographer, University of Groningen Library)


Special thanks to
Datum van beschikbaarheid22-okt.-2021

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