Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Housman, The Application of Thought to Textual Criticism

Since we have been blogging and commenting a fair bit on conjectural emendations (most recently More on Conjectures); I thought it would be good to link to the interesting, entertaining and otherwise-adjectivally-stimulating essay by A.E. Housman on “The Application of Thought to Textual Criticism” (originally given in Cambridge on the morning of Thursday 4th August 1921). See the text here.

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  1. E.g.: hard-and-fast rules are false rules:
    "Of course you can have hard-and-fast rules if you like, but then you will have false rules, and they will lead you wrong; because their simplicity will render them inapplicable to problems which are not simple, but complicated by the play of personality."