[Humanist] 31.114 an epiphyte?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Jun 20 06:41:38 CEST 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 114.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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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 

> 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)



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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