Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 816. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2020-05-03 12:28:13+00:00 From: Peter Boot
Subject: RE: [Humanist] 33.815: on the uses of arithmetic Hello Jim and Tim, Jim, you write, defending Rose, > The problem is not with mathematics itself in some general sense, but with > quantifying human beings and treating them as objects by doing so. I don't see at all why counting human beings should be equivalent to 'treating them as objects'; that would seem to imply the rejection of mathematics (and science) that was one of the things that I objected to. It is true that later she writes 'if someone counts, they matter', followed by the non-sequitur 'with the further implication that they can be held answerable'--apparently, anything goes. Tim, I'm afraid what I wrote wasn't a 'calm response', I was angered by what I see as intellectual irresponsibility. But I agree with you that mathematics is like natural language in that both can be used naively and uncritically. And both can be used for good and for ill. (Part of your response is based on a misreading: Rose writes of mathematics not that it is 'killing art' but that it is 'a killing art'. It is neither, of course.) Best, Peter _______________________________________________ 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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