University Press Copublishing Division / Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
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978-1-61147-020-8 • Hardback • June 2011 • $89.00 • (£68.00)
Alessandro Zir is researcher at the Latin-American Institute of Advanced Studies, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Styles of Thinking
Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Neo-Platonism in the Early-Modern Period
Chapter 4 Chapter 3: The Sixteenth-Century Corpus of the Portuguese Colonizers of Brazil: Ontological Issues
Chapter 5 Chapter 4: The Sixteenth-Century Corpus of the Portuguese Colonizers of Brazil: Three Methodological Strategies
Chapter 6 Conclusion
Zir offers some very important insights into the problem of commensurability that will be useful to historians interested in early encounters, and his book constitutes a good introduction for historians to the work of Ian Hacking. ... Zir's book is thought-provoking and worth wrestling with.
— Sixteenth Century Journal
How do we face those narratives about fantastic beings and deeds without reducing them to the anachronistic naturalistic view of modern official science?. . . .Zir comes up to the challenge, whose outcome, shared with the reader, culminates in a more realistic (if not neorealist) understanding of the fantastic.
— Scientiae Studia
An enlightening interpretation of foundational documents, which will prove to be very helpful for students interested in the early global maritime expansions.