Understanding how philology worked as a science in 19th century Europe
Philology once reigned as ‘queen of the sciences’. In 19th-century Europe, as the research university was founded and modern disciplines were formed, the study of text and language became the premier model for building knowledge. The EU-funded project PhiSci will explore how philology worked as a system of knowledge-production, one that claimed to be universal in its approach to the great diversity of cultural artifacts and the human past. Through its new account of philology from the late 1700s to early 1900s, the project will trace the transformation of infrastructure, media, collaboration, and techniques into seemingly stable knowledge and knowledge communities. PhiSci therefore aims to show how philology projected both scientific unity and scientific authority.
Fields of science
- HORIZON.1.1 - European Research Council (ERC) Main Programme