Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities (Paperback)

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A prehistory of today's humanities, from ancient Greece to the early twentieth century

Many today do not recognize the word, but philology was for centuries nearly synonymous with humanistic intellectual life, encompassing not only the study of Greek and Roman literature and the Bible but also all other studies of language and literature, as well as history, culture, art, and more. In short, philology was the queen of the human sciences. How did it become little more than an archaic word?

In Philology, the first history of Western humanistic learning as a connected whole ever published in English, James Turner tells the fascinating, forgotten story of how the study of languages and texts led to the modern humanities and the modern university. The humanities today face a crisis of relevance, if not of meaning and purpose. Understanding their common origins--and what they still share--has never been more urgent.

About the Author

James Turner is the Cavanaugh Professor of Humanities Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, where he taught in the History Department and the doctoral program in history and philosophy of science.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780691168586
ISBN-10: 069116858X
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
Pages: 576
Language: English
Series: William G. Bowen Memorial Series in Higher Education