Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 623. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2019-04-19 19:48:26+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: reliability? One book to which I go for thoughtful discussion of authority and reliability in the natural sciences is John Ziman's Reliable Knowledge (Cambridge, 1996). Ziman discusses both questions in a very thoughtful way. But still, differences between epistemological aims and methods in those sciences and in the humanities must lead to quite different conceptions of reliability and authority. And whatever we say about the latter, for digital humanities those aims and methods must, I'd think, fall somewhere between the two. What does reliability look like when you use computational techniques to investigate cultural materials? How is reliability achieved? To what degree is it valued? Certain questions in the human sciences can be resolved in a way that renders the matters they address stable for a long time, but these are relatively rare -- or seem so because once settled the achieving of an answer is forgotten, and if recalled, not valued very much after the lip-service has been paid. But surely there cannot be life in a discipline without constraints, without stability, without reliability against which to push. Comments? 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: email@example.com 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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