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The philological apparatus : science, text, and nation in the nineteenth century

(2021) CRITICAL INQUIRY. 47(4). p.747-776
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Philology haunts the humanities, through both its defendants and its detractors. This article examines the construction of philology as the premier science of the long nineteenth century in Europe. It aims to bring the history of philology up to date by taking it seriously as a science and giving it the kind of treatment that has dominated the history of science for the last generation: to reveal how practices, instruments, and cooperation create illusions of timeless knowledge. This historical inquiry therefore asks how one modality of text interpretation could morph into an integrated complex of knowledge production, which ostensibly explained the whole human world. Ultimately, it advances a central argument: philology operated as a relational system, one that concealed diversity and disunity, projected unity and stability, and seemed to rise above the material conditions of its own making. The essay scrutinizes the composition of philology as a heterogeneous ensemble, the functioning of philology comparable to other sciences, whether human or natural, and the historical contingency in the consolidation of philology.
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Philology, History of Science, European History, Media Theory

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Kurtz, Paul Michael. “The Philological Apparatus : Science, Text, and Nation in the Nineteenth Century.” CRITICAL INQUIRY, vol. 47, no. 4, 2021, pp. 747–76, doi:10.1086/714541.
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Kurtz, P. M. (2021). The philological apparatus : science, text, and nation in the nineteenth century. CRITICAL INQUIRY, 47(4), 747–776. https://doi.org/10.1086/714541
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Kurtz, Paul Michael. 2021. “The Philological Apparatus : Science, Text, and Nation in the Nineteenth Century.” CRITICAL INQUIRY 47 (4): 747–76. https://doi.org/10.1086/714541.
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Kurtz, Paul Michael. 2021. “The Philological Apparatus : Science, Text, and Nation in the Nineteenth Century.” CRITICAL INQUIRY 47 (4): 747–776. doi:10.1086/714541.
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Kurtz PM. The philological apparatus : science, text, and nation in the nineteenth century. CRITICAL INQUIRY. 2021;47(4):747–76.
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P. M. Kurtz, “The philological apparatus : science, text, and nation in the nineteenth century,” CRITICAL INQUIRY, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 747–776, 2021.
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