Defenders of the Text

Defenders of the Text : Traditions of Scholarship in an Age of Science, 1450-1800

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In this presentation of the world of scholarship from the Renaissance to the modern period, Anthony Grafton examines the relation between humanism and science and sets before us such seminal figures as Poliziano, Scaliger, Kepler and Wolf. Grafton demonstrates that humanism was neither a simple nor an impractical enterprise, but worked hand-in-hand with science in developing modern learning.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
  • HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge, Mass, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0674195450
  • 9780674195455
  • 91,820

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A sheer delight--a real feast of intellectual scholarship and a hilarious account of the mannerist fantasia that was the European intellectual scene in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. -- Osywn Murray Times Literary Supplement Grafton writes with an admirable clarity and zest...The kind of scholarly book that an interested non-specialist can read with pleasure and a sense of intellectual discovery. Washington Post Book World This excellent book is a major contribution to scholarship. It is highly original, both in the problems it formulates and in the solutions it offers, acute in its reasoning, and elegant, sharp, and often witty. -- Paul Oskar Kristeller New Criterion Grafton writes with enviable lucidity and wit...This [book] will give enormous stimulus and pleasure. -- Brian Vickers Times Higher Education Supplement Delightful, fresh, well-written, stimulating, provocative, irreverent, and most informative. [Grafton] has contributed to our understanding of 'the making of the modern mind.' -- Richard Popkin Journal of Interdisciplinary Historyshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: The Humanists Reassessed Renaissance Readers and Ancient Texts The Scholarship of Poliziano and Its Context Traditions of Invention and Inventions of Tradition in Renaissance Italy: Annius of Viterbo Scaliger's Chronology: Philology, Astronomy, World History Protestant versus Prophet: Isaac Casaubon on Hermes Trismegiscus The Strange Deaths of Hermes and the Sibyls Humanism and Science in Rudoiphine Prague: Kepler in Context Isaac La Peyrere and the Old Testament Prolegomena to Friedrich August Wolf Notes Acknowledgments Indexshow more

About Anthony Grafton

Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University.show more

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