Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities

Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities

James Turner

Many at the present time don't realize the be aware, yet "philology" used to be for hundreds of years approximately synonymous with humanistic highbrow lifestyles, encompassing not just the examine of Greek and Roman literature and the Bible but in addition all different stories of language and literature, in addition to heritage, tradition, paintings, and extra. in brief, philology was once the queen of the human sciences. How did it develop into little greater than an archaic be aware?

In Philology, the 1st heritage of Western humanistic studying as a attached entire ever released in English, James Turner tells the interesting, forgotten tale of the way the examine of languages and texts resulted in the fashionable humanities and the fashionable college. the arts at the present time face a obstacle of relevance, if no longer of that means and goal. knowing their universal origins--and what they nonetheless share--has by no means been extra urgent.

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