Clifford Siskin: When System Met History The Tectonics of the Modern Disciplines

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Clifford Siskin: When System Met History The Tectonics of the Modern Disciplines

These lectures examine how knowledge gets stuck and the strategies for restarting it. Ranging from past to present–and back–they link Galileo’s and Bacon’s efforts to advance knowledge to efforts to scale up to new possibilities today. The first lecture highlights the “good fortune” (Bacon) of new tools, by debuting one. Like Galileo’s spyglass, “Tectonics” zooms in–in this case, to clarify how our modern disciplines emerged from Enlightenment.


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