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Perfect Masters of Their Art: Re-Imagining Expertise

Peter Schneider
Journal of Architectural Education (1984-)
Vol. 53, No. 3, Beyond Expert Culture (Feb., 2000), pp. 141-145
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1425632
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Perfect Masters of Their Art: Re-Imagining Expertise
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Abstract

This essay examines the testimony presented in a court action that took place in Utrecht, Holland in 1542. It uses the trial as a case study that illustrates and elaborates the significant issues that emerge when the basis of any professional expertise is challenged and tested. It suggests that the case presents us with a model for understanding one way in which the professions make use of specialized definitions of their expertise to circumscribe and defend the privileged domains of their beliefs and practices. It also provides us with a documented example of the way in which the new, platonic view of the architect framed by both Vitruvius and Alberti was rapidly received, adopted, and diffused in postmedieval Europe.

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