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Worlds made by words : scholarship and community in the modern West

Author: Anthony Grafton
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book Anthony Grafton lets us in on one of the great secrets of scholars and intellectuals: although scholars lead solitary lives in order to win independence of mind, they also enjoy the conviviality of sharing a project sustained by common ideals, practices, and institutions. It's like Masonry, but without the secret handshakes. Grafton reveals the microdynamics of the scholarly life through a series of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Grafton
ISBN: 9780674032576 0674032578 9780674060258 0674060253
OCLC Number: 256767520
Description: viii, 422 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
A sketch map of a lost continent: the republic of letters --
A humanist crosses boundaries: Alberti on "historia" and "istoria" --
A contemplative scholar: Trithemius conjures the past --
The world in a room: Renaissance histories of art and nature --
Where was Salomon's house? Ecclesiastical history and the intellectual origins of Bacon's new Atlantis --
Chronology, controversy, and community in the republic of letters: the case of Kepler --
The universal language: splendors and sorrows of Latin in the modern world --
Entrepreneurs of the soul, impresarios of learning: the Jesuits --
In no man's land: Christian learning and the Jews --
The history of ideas: precept and practice, 1950-2000 and beyond --
The Messrs. Casaubon: Isaac Casaubon and Mark Pattison --
Momigliano's method and the Warburg Institute: studies in his middle period --
The public intellectual and the American university: Robert Morss Lovett --
The public intellectual and the private sphere: Arendt and Eichmann at the dinner table --
Codex in crisis: the book dematerializes --
Notes --
Sources --
Index.
Responsibility: Anthony Grafton.
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"Times have been, and are, dark. But even in dark times, the social worlds of scholarship provide room for human warmth and the desire and pursuit of the truth and promote deep scholarship and Read more...

 
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