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Title: Pleidooi voor elektronisch humanisme
Author(s): BAKKER, Jan-Hendrik
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 45    Issue: 4   Date: 2003   
Pages: 417-429
DOI: 10.2143/SDL.45.4.504226

Abstract :
Does humanism, as it is rooted in the culture of literacy, still have a future in an age and culture dominated by the digital media? After a concise discussion of the reflexive nature of humans and the relation between a culture of literacy and humanism, the author focuses on the dominance of the culture of the image. This image culture is characterised by directness and lack of reflexivity. If, however, the author argues, we are able to develop a hermeneutics of the extra-linguistic, the humanities will not have to remain tied to the culture of the written word whence they originated, and may become the custodians of reflexivity, so badly needed in a culture dominated by the directness of the image.

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