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On the Shoulders of Giants: The Post-Italianate Edition [Paperback]

Item : On the Shoulders of Giants: The Post-Italianate Edition [Paperback]
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Author Author : Merton, Robert K.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0226520862
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780226520865
Publisher Publisher : University Of Chicago Press
Pages Pages : 348
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100031210

With playfulness and a large dose of wit, Robert Merton traces the origin of Newton's aphorism, If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. Using as a model the discursive and digressive style of Sterne'sTristram Shandy, Merton presents a whimsical yet scholarly work which deals with the questions of creativity, tradition, plagiarism, the transmission of knowledge, and the concept of progress.

This book is the delightful apotheosis of donmanship: Merton parodies scholarliness while being faultlessly scholarly; he scourges pedantry while brandishing his own abstruse learning on every page. The most recondite and obscure scholarly squabbles are transmuted into the material of comedy as the ostensible subject is shouldered to one side by yet another hobby horse from Merton's densely populated stable. He has created ajeu d'espritwhich is profoundly suggestive both in detail and as a whole. —Sean French,Times Literary Supplement
Foreword by Umberto Eco (1990)
translated by William Weaver
Preface to the Vicennial Edition (1985)
On the Shoulders of Giants
Afterword by Denis Donoghue (1985)
Postface (1993)

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