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

Author: Anthony Grafton
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print 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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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Grafton
ISBN: 9780674032576 0674032578 9780674060258 0674060253
OCLC Number: 744775584
Description: viii, 422 Seiten
Contents: * Acknowledgments * 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 * Notes * Sources * Index
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