Philology and Science
Is philology a science or not, and if it is, just what kind of science is it? The answers to these questions have differed markedly in the West over the past centuries, in large part due to external pressures and anxieties. Once we understand the role of these issues in the Western Classical tradition, we will be in a better position to compare them with other traditions.
Glenn W. Most is Professor of Greek Philology at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and simultaneously Professor on the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Having studied Classics and Comparative Literature in Europe and the United States, he has previously taught at the Universities of Yale, Princeton, Michigan, Siena, Innsbruck, Heidelberg, and Paris. He is the author of numerous works on Classics, on the history and methodology of Classical studies, on the Classical tradition and Comparative Literature, on literary theory, and on the history of art, and has published articles, reviews, and translations in these fields and also on modern philosophy and literature. His books include Doubting Thomas (2005); The Classical Tradition (ed. with A.T. Grafton and S. Settis, 2010); and Les Filles de Melpomène: Quelques héroines tragiques d’Euripide et leurs descendants (2011).