Worlds made by words : scholarship and community in the modern West /
Anthony Grafton.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, c2009.
viii, 422 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
9780674032576 (alk. paper)
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Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, c2009.
9780674032576 (alk. paper)
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A sketch map of a lost continent : the republic of letters -- A humanist crosses boundaries : Alberti on "historia" and "istoria" -- A contemplative schola r: 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.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [327]-413) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-02-01:
This volume of essays, created over a long span of time, has a central theme: the world and love of learning since circa 1400. Grafton (Princeton), a scholar fully at home in that world, offers his type of intellectual history that never lets the grand flow of ideas hide the fullness of life, including the lives of the creative scholars. These brilliant but often flawed individuals became shapers of worlds made of words (critically assessed worlds of thought). Although he does not hide practices motivated by corruption and vainglory, Grafton elucidates lovingly the characteristics of their inquiries: erudition, audacious criticism and creativity, insistence on perfect use of language (for a long time, Latin), and a wide range of inquiries well beyond that possible for modern individual scholars. Grafton exhibits many of the admirable qualities in his own research for and writing of these essays. Even his assessment of the digital world's impact on the world of learning Grafton so admires is sharply critical and tinged with sadness, but shows a balanced judgment. Readers get a fascinating introduction to a true world of learning. Exceptionally informative endnotes and bibliography. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries. E. A. Breisach emeritus, Western Michigan University
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
A Sketch Map of a Lost Continent: The Republic of Lettersp. 9
A Humanist Crosses Boundaries: Alberti on "Historia" and "Istoria"p. 35
A Contemplative Scholar: Trithemius Conjures the Pastp. 56
The World in a Room: Renaissance Histories of Art and Naturep. 79
Where Was Salomon's House? Ecclesiastical History and the Intellectual Origins of Bacon's New Atlantisp. 98
Chronology, Controversy, and Community in the Republic of Letters: The Case of Keplerp. 114
The Universal Language: Splendors and Sorrows of Latin in the Modern Worldp. 137
Entrepreneurs of the Soul, Impresarios of Learning: The Jesuitsp. 160
In No Man's Land: Christian Learning and the Jewsp. 176
The History of Ideas: Precept and Practice, 1950-2000 and Beyondp. 188
The Messrs. Casaubonp. 216
Momigliano's Method and the Warburg Institute: Studies in His Middle Periodp. 231
The Public Intellectual and the American Universityp. 255
The Public Intellectual and the Private Sphere: Arendt and Eichmann at the Dinner Tablep. 271
Codex in Crisis: The Book Dematerializesp. 288
Notesp. 327
Sourcesp. 415
Indexp. 417
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