Robert Burton and the problems of polymathy

@article{Murphy2014RobertBA,
  title={Robert Burton and the problems of polymathy},
  author={Kathryn Murphy},
  journal={Renaissance Studies},
  year={2014},
  volume={28}
}
Robert Burton called his period ‘this scribling age’, in which the copiousness of printed matter and the multitude of authors caused problems both of discernment – how to distinguish true scholars from intellectual quacks? – and of quantity: how can the scholar hope to master the ‘vast Chaos and confusion of Bookes’? This article addresses Burton's engagement with these questions, and examines both his attempt to establish a polymathic persona, and the relationship of the Anatomy to other… 
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