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Humanist Archives: March 17, 2021, 7:18 a.m. Humanist 34.283 - reactions to measurement, enumeration & mathematics?

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 283.
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        Date: 2021-03-17 07:12:33+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: reactions to measurement, enumeration & mathematics

As some here will know, I'm in pursuit of reactions to measurement,
enumeration & mathematics in the humanities, esp literary studies and
history, from the earliest days of computing to the onset of the Web.
I'm particularly interested in reactions that are of the over-the-top
sort, but even mild ones are of interest. This includes charges that use
of computers dehumanises the user or subject, that refer to
quantification or applied maths in any sort of negative context and so
on. I've had my net in those waters for quite some time, but (I am
supposing) because academic decorum tends to filter out such expressions
of disapproval, they are hard to find. Sober discussions of such
reactions would also be welcome.

Many thanks for any references.

Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist

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