Patchwork – The Norm of Mapmaking Practices for Western Asia in Catholic and Protestant Europe As Well As in Istanbul Between 1550 and 1750?

  • Sonja BrentjesEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 275)


When we wish to discuss the ways of adopting and adapting methods and techniques across different cultures, one point that deserves our attention concerns the question whether the methods and techniques scholars and other professionals talk about in their writings are indeed those they apply when producing their objects. Historians and philosophers of science in western societies have since long pointed out that there is a substantial gap between the rhetoric of legitimizing scientific or technical products and the processes that led to discoveries and inventions. Historians of Renaissance woodcuts and copper prints of paintings and maps have shown that the production process itself was imitative by its very nature relying on freehand drawing skills rather than precise constructions executed with scientific instruments and that the production costs induced the acquisition of copperplates owned by a passed away printer and map publisher by their heirs or competitors who then would slightly modify plates rather then order completely new ones.


Fifteenth Century Central Meridian Terra Firma Geographical Knowledge Italian Translation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and LogicUniversity of SevilleSevilleSpain

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