James Turner: Common Erudition

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As quoted by Mick Wilson in "Four Theses Attempting to Revise the Terms of a Debate":

Philology spawned an ideal of research quite different from that in physics or astronomy. Rather than subdividing the map of knowledge into specialized territories, it encouraged efforts to situated information within the broad boundaries of entire civilizations and cultures. Rather than erecting methodological barriers that made it hard for non-specialists to pursue learning, it tended to push all sorts of diverse knowledge together onto a common area, accessible to any curious inquirer. (59)



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