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Humanist Archives: Nov. 6, 2022, 7:53 a.m. Humanist 36.239 - why Humanist

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        Date: 2022-11-05 14:30:06+00:00
        From: James Rovira <>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 36.238: why Humanist?

The only thing I have to say, Williard, is thank you so much for advancing
and supporting these values through the creation of this listserv and on

Jim R

On Sat, Nov 5, 2022 at 3:53 AM Humanist <> wrote:

> Perhaps I am naive, only protected from the damaging consequences
> of my naivety by senior status. But I have a higher opinion of scholarly
> work than that suggests, having seen over and over again how the
> intellectual and personal value of research is unique to the person--
> and utterly transformative. There may be better arguments for being a
> scholar rather than a careerist. I would very much like to think they are
> stronger for the satisfaction of basic needs as well. Something along
> the lines of winning the game but losing your soul in the process?
> So, let us use this medium in its current form to discuss crucial
> problems we're having with our research--when they actually can be
> articulated. Let us throw false caution to the winds and say what
> puzzles us. And when someone is brave enough to do that, let's jump in
> and help. This happens here sometimes. It needs to happen more often.
> Digital humanities in my view is starving for it--for arguments not so
> bullet-proof that they have become proof-like and so, dead.
> Comments?
> Yours,
> WM

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