A genealogy of testimony in 16th century travel writing and cosmography

01 October 2018 → 30 September 2023
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • History of ideas
    • General philosophy of science
    • Ethics not elsewhere classified
    • Other philosophy, ethics and religious studies not elsewhere classified
  • Natural sciences
    • History and foundations not elsewhere classified
historical epistemology genealogy testimony travel writings history of cosmography
Project description

During the 16th century, the demarcation between ‘history writer’ and ‘tale teller’ was at stake. In the chaos of information, returning from the discoveries and spreading rapidly, due to the printing press, a new epistemological ideal arose: the eyewitness. By studying 16th century travel writings and their circulation in cosmographic works, I will investigate how that ideal took shape.