Article published in:Opening Windows on Texts and Discourses of the Past
Edited by Janne Skaffari, Matti Peikola, Ruth Carroll, Risto Hiltunen and Brita Wårvik
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 134] 2005
► pp. 161–178
The underlying pattern of the Renaissance botanical genrepinax
The aim of this paper is to define the Renaissance botanical genrePinax, illustrated by Gesner's (1542) and Bauhin's (1596, 1623) books. The results of the linguistic analysis of these books are interpreted in the frame of the Renaissanceepisteme, that is, the configuration of knowledge peculiar to this period. Though it comes in the form of a simple compendium of plant names (nomenclature), aPinaxhas an underlying “taxonomic” organisation. Whereas Gesner's principles of organisation (alphabetical order, interlinguistic synonymy) pertain to the medicinal custom, Bauhin's principles (logical division, Aristotelian synonymy, chain of being) are conceived in the frame of the botanical specialised scientific community, according to Renaissance metaphysical thoughts (neo-Platonic eponymy, prototypy, correspondences).
Published online: 24 March 2005
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