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The Disenchantment of Skillful Bodies: Early Modern Guilds as Knowledge Communities

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: De Munck, Bert
Conference: Governing Pooled Knowledge Resources: Building Institutions for Sustainable Scientific, Cultural, and Genetic Resources Commons, 1st Thematic IASC Conference on the Knowledge Commons
Location: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Conf. Date: September 12-14
Date: 2012
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9557
Sector: History
Information & Knowledge
Subject(s): information dissemination
Abstract: "This paper will examine the intricate relationship between knowledge and community in a guild context (in early modern Europe) and how this relationship changed at the end of the ancien régime. I will proceed from the assumption that even historians of science and technology who have focused on the cross-overs and mergers between scientific and artisanal knowledge – and have attributed agency to artists and artisans in the coming about of the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions – often misapprehend practices related to the knowledge of early modern artisan."

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