7 jun. 2011

Whenever Anyone Says...

Whenever anyone proposes to make the study of literature more scientific, or calls the humanities bullshit because it has trouble with verification and validity, it might be a good idea to remember that epidemiology and other scientific fields also have a lot of troubles. That's why I'm skeptical of Franco Moretti and the proposal for a quantitative study of literature (one of the reasons, the other being that I hate it). The epistemological questions are immense.

2 comentarios:

Andrew Shields dijo...

How can one verify and validate things that are singular?

Jonathan dijo...

You can't, really. How do you validate, for yourself, the meaning of your own personal experience, for example?