Scholarly Primitives: what methods do humanities researchers have in common, and how might our tools reflect this?

Part of a symposium on “Humanities Computing: formal methods, experimental practice” sponsored by King’s College, London, May 13, 2000.


By John Unsworth

According to Aristotle, scientific knowledge (episteme) must be expressed in statements that follow deductively from a finite list of self-evident statements (axioms) and only employ terms defined from a finite list of self-understood terms (primitives). [Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy]

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