I don't quite understand. How can some academics after hundreds of years of research on, say, Plato, still come up with novel, publishable interpretations, ideas, readings, solutions to these texts?

Plato is a good example for this, I think. But i am generally confused how this works, and how people can still come up with new ideas all the time.

Doesn't it get more difficult after some time?

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    How to come up with research ideas?
    – ff524
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 23:43
  • thank you! this is interesting. However, here I am asking something more general, I am wondering how this work in general, I am not looking for practical advice, I am just baffled how this is possible at all. Esp. in fields like Classics.
    – Jo McBride
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 23:45
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    Perhaps looking at how academics do it will help you understand how it is possible.
    – ff524
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 23:46
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    maybe my question here is too broad or difficult to answer.
    – Jo McBride
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 23:51
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    Sayings like "the deeper you look at anything, the more holes you find," etc. are true. The deeper you understand a variety of fields, the more synergy you can find, the more novel applications of concepts from Field A can be pushed into Field B. Your question isn't too broad or difficult to answer; you're simply questioning how civilization and technological/scientific/social development occur. Commented May 23, 2016 at 23:57


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