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dc.contributor.authorBlair, Ann M.
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-13T18:45:45Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.citationBlair, Ann. "A Europeanist's Perspective." In Organizing Knowledge: Encyclopædic Activities in the Pre-Eighteenth Century Islamic World, edited by Gerhard Endress, 201-15. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2006.en_US
dc.identifier.isbn9789004146976en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:29674915
dc.description.abstractEncyclopedia" is a term coined in Latin and shortly thereafter in various European vernaculars by humanist writers ca. 1470-1530, on the model of what they thought was a Greek term, Enkuklopaideia, for "circle of learning." The term and its supposed etymology have been rich in history, inspiring authors over many centuries to expatiate on the metaphor of the "circle of learning" in any number of organizational schemes. Even as recently as its latest print edition (the 15th), the Encyclopaedia Britannica for example described its purview as the circle of learning, which was presented in the Propaedia in a circular table with 10 subdivisions. Philological work of the last half century has established, however, that the etymology from enkuklopaideia is false, based on a corruption of the Greek expression enkuklios paideia, which designated common education or general culture. My point is not to invalidate analyses of the metaphors based on the "circle of learning" which are clearly of great historical significance, but to remind us that even in the European context the term "encyclopedia" is a relatively recent linguistic construct.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipHistory of Scienceen_US
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dc.publisherBrillen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://www.brill.com/organizing-knowledgeen_US
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dc.titleA Europeanist's Perspectiveen_US
dc.typeMonograph or Booken_US
dc.description.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
dash.depositing.authorBlair, Ann M.
dc.date.available2016-12-13T18:45:45Z
dc.relation.bookOrganizing Knowledge: Encyclopaedic Activities in the Pre-Eighteenth- Century Islamic Worlden_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedBlair, Ann


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