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Alberto Cevolini

We are so accustomed to use digital memories as data storage devices, that we are oblivious to the improbability of such a practice. Habit hides what we habitually use. To understand the worldwide success of archives and card indexing systems that allow to remember more because they allow to forget more than before, the evolution of scholarly practices and the transformation of cognitive habits in the early modern age must be investigated. This volume contains contributions by nearly every distinguished scholar in the field of early modern knowledge management and filing systems, and offers a remarkable synthesis of the present state of scholarship. A final section explores some current issues in record-keeping and note-taking systems, and provides valuable cues for future research.

Paul Sagar

lesser natural ability than Hobbes to accelerate to a level of analysis that it once took world-historical geniuses to break through to. Such is the nature of technological progress, be it in sport or philosophy. If we could put Hobbes in a time machine and bring him to the present (perhaps giving him a

Gianni Paganini

), the immediate context was more Continental than insular. What we will present here is the result of a survey that, for want of explicit statements by Hobbes, can be based only on two categories of objective elements: (a) the circumstances of Hobbes’s stay in Paris, that is, the links which he was able

Stewart Duncan

different mindsets. 12 Perhaps a similar theme, although the details are not easy to follow, is present in this argument from the passage: “seeing all names are imposed to signifie our conceptions; and all our affections are but conceptions; when we conceive the same things differently, we can hardly

Frank Lovett

, Hobbes has also a doctrine of prudence. For present purposes, we might say that the latter corresponds to what we would now refer to as the principles of rational choice. Again roughly speaking, prudence dictates that in any given situation we select the path of action that, given presently available

Adrian Blau

much she likes chips and cookies (desires) and any other costs and benefits (incentives). But I artificially present incentives as a separate category because we read Hobbes very differently depending on how strongly we think he emphasizes carrots and sticks compared to changing desires