Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 81. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2019-06-12 07:56:31+00:00 From: Dr. Hartmut Krech
Subject: Fwd: Re: [Humanist] 33.75: how the new becomes intelligible? [The following fell victim to a problem with software somewhere along the line. The problem is being investigated. Apologies to Dr Krech. --WM] Dear Willard, Isn't intelligibility the ability 'to read inbetween', that is, to establish associations with other contents of the mind, placing a certain perception into a different frame of mind? Something would appear as 'new', if it seems not to occur within our 'kulturelle Selbstverständlichkeit' (cultural self-evidence), which my revered teacher René König (1906-1992) once called the 'Kulturbrille' (cultural spectacles) through which the individual views the world around. To recognize something as 'new' is necessarily a function of what is already known. The ancient Greek concept of 'phusis' would identify anything 'new' as another instance within a constant process of renewal, whereas our modern European concept of the new stands within a tradition of cultural discontinuity (modernity, the Querelle des Anciens et Modernes, etc.). Almost half a century ago, I was once welcomed by the Hopi Indians of Arizona as their white brother coming from the east. I had an art brochure with me into which a pumpkin seed had been glued to make the story more perceptible to the European reader. Within traditional Hopi culture, a pumpkin seed in a booklet was matter out of place, so my host tried to remove it. It would have required some knowledge of European ready-mades to discover the newness of this modest pumpkin seed. Best regards, Hartmut _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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