"Although some Humanists were clubbish snobs-an intellectual elite with narrow, antiquarian interests-others preached a civic Humanism..."

  • This should be asked on English Language & Usage. Jan 26 '19 at 22:16

In the present context antiquarian seems to refer to the fact that these intellectuals were interested in some humanistic subject merely as a matter of amusement or curiosity, instead of trying to understand it in a more analytical manner.

  • I see people keep downvoting my answer. Could they please expand their criticism? May 3 '17 at 15:42

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