Wolfian

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Wolfian wōōl′fi-an pertaining to the philosophy of Johann Christian von Wolf (1679-1754). He systematised and popularised the philosophy of Leibnitz, and gave a strong impulse to that development of natural theology and rationalism which soon almost drove out revelation by rendering it unnecessary—also Wolff′ian
    • adj Wolfian wōōl′fi-an pertaining to, or associated with, the name of Friedrich August Wolf (1759-1824), the most gifted classical scholar and first critic of his age—applied esp. to his theory that the Odyssey and Iliad are composed of numerous ballads by different minstrels, strung together in a kind of unity by subsequent editors.
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Usage

In literature:

According to the theory of Lachmann, the most eminent champion of the Wolfian hypothesis, these are by different authors.
"Myths and Myth-Makers" by John Fiske
Here again we may be permitted to trace the Wolfian consciousness to its origin, for origin it has in time and circumstance.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
They talked together of Erasmus, the Wolfian theory of Homer, and such like things; hobnobbing generously the while.
"Thomas Moore" by Stephen Gwynn
He spoke soon of that in which his heart lived and breathed, but in a singular, half-theological, half-French, Wolfian, and poetic speech.
"Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)" by Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
The Wolfians urged that we know absolutely nothing about the man Homer, not even when or where he lived.
"A Century of Science and Other Essays" by John Fiske
In the sight of Lutheran or Wolfian conjurors with words this was egregious shallowness.
"Voltaire" by John Morley
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