Thursday, July 13, 2017


A Literalist Bias

Charles Segal, introduction to Cedric H. Whitman, The Heroic Paradox: Essays on Homer, Sophocles, and Aristophanes (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1982), p. 13:
Classical scholars are sometimes resistant to new approaches and retain a literalist bias, an unfortunate holdover from the positivism and scientism that sparked the necessary and important philological, historical, and textual achievements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Vive la résistance!

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