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A “descoberta”: história de uma invenção semântica: (primeiros elementos)

Abstract : Considered a project of many stages, this essay presents the first stage in which we question the semantics of the word discovery in its institution as a concept and as an edifying historiographical report. Based on a philological perspective applied to the text, we conceive the meaning of this word concerned to the Iberian explorations and navigations during the 15th and 16th century described in the first authors reports, to a genealogy of the ideia of discovery that became a paradigm to think about knowledge, research and scientific progress in the modern ages. The uses of the word discovery give us two lessons: for semantics and historical reasons, to discover is not used to mean that unknown lands were found: when the verb acquires this meaning, it is somehow by an adding process, as an effect of the exploration; it is also necessary to understand that one of the effects of voluntary politics and endeavours of long distance navigations and search for new routes towards Asian lands was the modification, insensible at the beginning, but decisive afterwards, of what is designated as discovery – a result, particularly important in a cognitive and epistemological point of view, obtained in a process of searching.
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Romain Descendre. A “descoberta”: história de uma invenção semântica: (primeiros elementos). Línguas e Instrumentos Linguísticos (Brésil), RG Editora, 2015, pp.11-28. ⟨halshs-01264992⟩



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