Thursday, December 22, 2005


Names of Scholars

Maverick Philosopher reminds us that the scholar whom we know as Justus Lipsius was Joost Lips in his native tongue. I came across the name Wilfried Nippel recently. And Dr. Weevil mentions another odd name:
One of the scholars mentioned in the footnotes of Anthony Grafton's The Footnote: A Curious History bears the unfortunate designation "P.P. Wiener". I would have been tempted to violate the usual bibliographical rule and give him more names and fewer initials.

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