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Worlds Made by Words

Scholarship and Community in the Modern West

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Publication Date: 05/31/2011


432 pages

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  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. A Sketch Map of a Lost Continent: The Republic of Letters
  • 2. A Humanist Crosses Boundaries: Alberti on “Historia” and “Istoria”
  • 3. A Contemplative Scholar: Trithemius Conjures the Past
  • 4. The World in a Room: Renaissance Histories of Art and Nature
  • 5. Where Was Salomon’s House? Ecclesiastical History and the Intellectual Origins of Bacon’s New Atlantis
  • 6. Chronology, Controversy, and Community in the Republic of Letters: The Case of Kepler
  • 7. The Universal Language: Splendors and Sorrows of Latin in the Modern World
  • 8. Entrepreneurs of the Soul, Impresarios of Learning: The Jesuits
  • 9. In No Man’s Land: Christian Learning and the Jews
  • 10. The History of Ideas: Precept and Practice, 1950–2000 and Beyond
  • 11. The Messrs. Casaubon: Isaac Casaubon and Mark Pattison
  • 12. Momigliano’s Method and the Warburg Institute: Studies in His Middle Period
  • 13. The Public Intellectual and the American University: Robert Morss Lovett
  • 14. The Public Intellectual and the Private Sphere: Arendt and Eichmann at the Dinner Table
  • 15. Codex in Crisis: The Book Dematerializes
  • Notes
  • Sources
  • Index

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  • A Scotsman Gift Pick of 2009

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