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Suominen, V. (2021). Gabriel Naudé’s library thought and early modern views into history and veins within political theory. Informaatiotutkimus, 40(3), 296–325.

Gabriel Naudé’s library thought and early modern views into history and veins within political theory

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Author: Suominen, Vesa1
Organizations: 1Oulun yliopisto
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Language: English
Published: Informaatiotutkimuksen yhdistys, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-02-07


The essay discusses Gabriel Naudé’s ideal of a censorship-free and publicly open library within Naudé’s intellectual environment consisting of some early modern veins of political theory and views to history. An assumption is that the Naudéan ideal of library and some veins in early modern historiography and views to history could manifest somehow similar rationalities. The early modern vein of Tacitist historiography pursuing a realist and source-based description of the past could relate to Naudé’s ideal of the censorship-free library and his technocratic and moral premises excluding political thought. Naudé’s ideal of the publicly open library, on the other hand, could relate to a different view to history that could be constitutive of morality too. The early phase of early modern Tacitism especially would be consistent with Naudé’s thought of both the library and politics, while the other view to history could be, at best, only fragmentarily significant.

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Series: Informaatiotutkimus
ISSN: 1797-9137
ISSN-E: 1797-9129
ISSN-L: 1797-9137
Volume: 40
Issue: 3
Pages: 296 - 325
DOI: 10.23978/inf.107577
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 616 Other humanities
518 Media and communications
615 History and archaeology
Copyright information: © 2021 Vesa Suominen. This article is licensed under the terms of the CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 -license.