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Forwarded from H-ArtHist:
Professor Mulder's comments are absolutely right - there is no dichotomy between human beings and human culture. I heard these arguments rehearsed in essence when I was working at the Bodleian Library, which possesses a book (nothing especially rare) which was saved when it was thrown out of a window during the Great Fire of London. A discussion arose: if you had a choice, which would you save, a baby or a book? The baby, obviously. But what if it were a very rare book? Well, still the baby. What if it were the only known copy of Shakespeare's works? Well, ... still the baby.
CFP, Society of Architectural Historians 69th Annual International Conference, Pasadena / Los Angeles, CA, 6-10 April 2016: