Theorizing Research Practices We Forgot to Theorize Twenty Years Ago

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Quantitative methods have been central to the humanities since scholars began relying on full-text search to map archives. But the intellectual implications of search technology are rendered opaque by humanists' habit of considering algorithms as arbitrary tools. To reflect more philosophically, and creatively, on the hermeneutic options available to us, humanists may need to converse with disciplines that understand algorithms as principled epistemological theories.We need computer science, in other words, not as a source of tools but as a theoretical interlocutor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-72
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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