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Debates in the Digital Humanities$
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Matthew K. Gold

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677948

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677948.001.0001

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Debates in the Digital Humanities
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Michael Witmore

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677948.003.0034

This chapter seeks to understand the consequences of “massive addressability” for “philosophies of access”—philosophies that assert that all beings exist only as correlates of our own consciousness. The term “philosophy of access” is used by members of the speculative realist school. Members of this school dismiss the idea that speculative analysis of the nature of beings can be replaced by an apparently more basic inquiry into how we access the world, an access obtained through either language or consciousness. The major turn to “access” occurs with Kant, but the move is continued in an explicitly linguistic register by Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Derrida, and a range of poststructuralists.

Keywords:   digital humanities, massive addressability, philosophies of access

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