The ‘Practical Man’ of Spain and the Novatores of the Late Seventeenth Century

 - Rich Lizardo -

Friday June 14th at 12:15pm.

14 Arrow Street Suite G10 Cambridge, MA

Lunch will be provided.

This paper concerns the class of pre-Enlightenment intellectuals in Spain called the novatores. Writing in the final decades of the seventeenth century, they were not only addressing questions of Spanish decline but also engaging with the ideas and intellectuals of the Scientific Revolution enveloping Western Europe more broadly. As such, the novatores fit squarely into the historiographical concerns of whether there was a so-called “general crisis of the seventeenth century”—especially given their attempts at fashioning a new, “practical man,” one who valued the prescribed virtues of utility, moderation, and reason.

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