Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 168. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2018-11-07 09:30:02+00:00 From: Harold Short
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.161: is it necessary to catch the hares? Dear Willard Releasing hares is what Humanist is and has always been about! Of course the notice board function is an important one for our field, but its main purpose has always been pursuing the intellectual curiosity that is the beating heart of scholarship. As Ken says, you may need a therapist, but this list is probably not the venue to discuss this - are you free for dinner next week? Keep up the good work - long may it, and you, continue! Best wishes Harold On 6 Nov 2018, at 11:26, Humanist > wrote: Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 161. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London 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) Harold Short Emeritus Professor Dept of Digital Humanities King's College London Visiting Professorial Fellow Australian Catholic University _______________________________________________ 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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