[Humanist] 31.114 an epiphyte?

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Tue Jun 20 06:41:38 CEST 2017


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 114.
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        Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:37:41 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: an epiphyte?

Here's an interesting thought, perhaps applicable to digital humanities, 
borrowed from Ian Hacking's Why is there a philosophy of mathematics at 
all? (CUP, 2014) -- a masterwork, by the way. He is discussing the place 
of probability on the Tree of Knowledge. He cites the curious division 
of the Faculty of Mathematics at Cambridge across to departments and 
comments,

> Probability appears to have jumped from branch to branch of the Tree
> of Knowledge. In truth, to continue the arboreal metaphor, it is an
> epiphyte. It can lodge and prosper anywhere in a Tree of Knowledge,
> but is not part of its organic structure at all. (pp. 149-50)

Comments?

Yours,
WM

-- 
Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London; Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney
University and North Carolina State University; Editor,
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20)




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