[Humanist] 25.529 open fields

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Tue Dec 6 07:57:11 CET 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 529.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2011 06:55:52 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: tilling not fencing

With mind on something else, I picked up this morning Gillian Beer's 
inspirational collection of essays, Open Fields: Science in Cultural 
Encounter (Oxford, 1996), to discover the following quotation from 
Carlyle, which I pass on with painful feelings of recognition:

> He [the philosopher Dugald Stewart] does not enter on the field to 
> till it; he only encompasses it with fences, invites cultivators, and 
> drives away intruders: often (fallen on evil days) he is reduced to 
> long arguments with the passers-by, to prove that it *is* a field, 
> that this so highly prized domain of his is, in truth, soil and 
> substance, not clouds and shadows. (Beer, p. 2)


Professor Willard McCarty, Department of Digital Humanities, King's 
College London; Professor (fractional), University of Western Sydney; 
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.isr-journal.org); Editor, 
Humanist (www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

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