Saturday, October 4, 2014
High Tech and the Humanities
In 1976, when I delivered the John Locke Lectures at Oxford, I often spent time with Peter Strawson, and one day at lunch he made a remark I have never been able to forget. He said, "Surely half the pleasure of life is sardonic comment on the passing show". This blog is devoted to comments, not all of them sardonic, on the passing philosophical show.
The great Graeco-Roman historian Polybius (died c. 118 BC) complained that the excellent Library at Alexandria (with a catalogue system developed by Callimachus) made the historian’s work too easy! First complaint about high tech affecting scholarship?
Source: Times Literary Supplement, September 5, 2014, p. 5.