Despite these pathbreaking histories of the discourse of technology, a central question remains unanswered: Precisely when and how did technology assume the meanings that have brought it from obscurity to keyword? I argue that this semantic shift took form during the early decades of the twentieth century. I also argue that these new meanings derived […]
☛ Gallica / Bibliothèque Nationale de France: Renati Des-Cartes Meditationes de prima philosophia, in qua Dei existentia et animae immortalitas demonstratur. [Sequuntur objectiones… cum responsionibus authoris by René Descartes, 1641 (first Latin edition), In-8°, 603 p. (Public Domain) Click for hi-res. From the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Descartes began work on Meditations on First Philosophy […]
☛ Frank and Ernest by Bob Thaves: “Paradigm Shift”, originally published on February 26, 1998. Hi-res version found here. © 1998 by Thaves. If you rather get yourself a “Shift Happens” bumper sticker, Zazzle sells them.
As we use the word science these days, it means something essentially different from the doctrina and scientia of the Middle Ages, different, too, from the Greek ἐπιστήμη. Greek science was never exact precisely because, according to its essence, it neither could be, nor needed to be, exact. Hence, it makes no sense at all […]