Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 161. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2018-11-06 11:01:03+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: is it necessary to catch the hares? In a mildly agreeable review of an essay of mine -- remarkable given that the reviewer is well-known to be formidable -- this person commented that "This article sets many hares running... without much apparent interest in catching any of them." I had not thought of what I was doing in quite those terms, but (to adopt the reviewer's) their release was deliberate. The comment leads me to wonder if doing that is a bad thing, whether others do it and if it is particularly characteristic of authors who are wanting their readers to think about something that is not often or not properly considered -- a kind of implicit 'as-if'. The reviewer has made me realise that I do this releasing of hares TO SEE IF OTHERS WILL RUN AFTER THEM and catch what I cannot, because I don't know how, all the time. Should I see a therapist or continue releasing hares? Comments if not answers welcome. Yours, WM -- Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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