Boundaries, Extents and Circulations

Space and Spatiality in Early Modern Natural Philosophy

  • Koen Vermeir
  • Jonathan Regier

Part of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 41)

About this book


This volume is an important re-evaluation of space and spatiality in the late Renaissance and early modern period. History of science has generally reduced sixteenth and seventeenth century space to a few canonical forms. This volume gives a much needed antidote. The contributing chapters examine the period’s staggering richness of spatiality: the geometrical, geographical, perceptual and elemental conceptualizations of space that abounded. The goal is to begin to reconstruct the amalgam of “spaces” which co-existed and cross-fertilized in the period’s many disciplines and visions of nature. Our volume will be a valuable resource for historians of science, philosophy and art, and for cultural and literary theorists.


History of space Philosophy of space Mathematization Scientific revolution Early modern Renaissance Space-time Euclidean space Imaginary space Absolute space Relative space History of mapmaking History of navigation Infinite space Diastasisi Diastema Locus Spatium Specium Orbis

Editors and affiliations

  • Koen Vermeir
    • 1
  • Jonathan Regier
    • 2
  1. 1.SPHERE (UMR 7219)CNRS Université Paris Diderot SPHERE (UMR 7219)ParisFrance
  2. 2.CNRS/Université Paris DiderotSPHERE (UMR 7219) CNRS/Université Paris DiderotParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-41074-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-41075-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0929-6425
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-1958
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