In this study, Bernard Cerquiglini looks at the relation between philosophical studies and their texts, with special attention to texts from the Middle Ages. He finds that the scientific reconstruction of texts is not only a recent historical phenomenon, but also an anachronism that loses exactly what it seeks: a way of confronting a text in its own terms. In the medieval period, Cerquiglini observes, works were translated into French and transmitted in French copies that often varied greatly. For centuries such texts were valued, precisely because each was, in some manner, unique. The variant was not necessarily a careless accident, but a sign of precious individuality, and a source of pleasure, or even joy.
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Author Biography - Cerquiglini.Bernard
Bernard Cerquiglini is the author of 'Grammaires du texte medieval', 'La Parole medievale', and 'La Naissance du frangais'.