Is There Anything It Is Like To Be a Text?

Joris J. van Zundert, Iian D. Neill, T.L. Andrews, Andreas Kuczera

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This paper reflects on the problem of the ontological status of text in the digital environment. Referring to Briet (1951), Van Zundert and Andrews (2017) drew on Briet’s fluid concept of documentation and pointed to a similar fluidity in the concept of text. Here we draw a parallel to debates in the field of philosophy of consciousness to examine how this may help us to understand the specific textuality of digital text.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventDigital Humanities Conference 2019 - Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: 09 Jul 201912 Jul 2019


ConferenceDigital Humanities Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleDH2019
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  • ontological status
  • digital text
  • theory

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