[Humanist] 22.548 what kind of good?
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willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Feb 19 09:29:28 CET 2009
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 548.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 06:51:53 +0000
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: what kind of good?
Thinking now in the wee moments left before sunrise about Martin
Mueller's modified version of Lane Cooper's "making the poet write
literary literary essays about himself", I wonder more about the
cosmological difference between then (1919) and now, close to a century
later. Cooper was writing just 3 years before the Vienna Circle was
first convened, when "positive knowledge" about a real-world-out-there
was a compelling project. We all still bump into things if not kick
stones in our path and so are reminded that the positivists had a point.
But our cosmology is very different, excitingly different. Do we not now
consider the data-abstraction we make from the words on the physical
page as only the beginning of possibilities for modelling textual
communication? Now that computers are fast enough for interaction design
to be possible, isn't it time that we were thinking more about modelling
the process(es) by which literature arises from our interaction with
words? Not at all to be theological, but the beginning of the Gospel
according to John does come strongly to mind. How about modelling what
happens when the word is read?
Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
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