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Richard Norman and Sean Sayers, Hegel, Marx and Dialectic: A Debate, Brighton: Harvester Press, 1980. First of all, I never intended to read this book. Last Thursday I was looking for a copy of Hegel’s Shorter Logic in our Humanities and Social Sciences collection, which wasn’t on the shelf, so...

This post was inspired by a couple of tweets by Ryan Regier: Understand that authors want to get paid, maybe need to rework our fair dealing arguments so we show how fair dealing ultimately helps them?— Ryan Regier (@ryregier) July 14, 2017 These tweets got me thinking about the contradictions...

The dialectic that Marx adapted from Hegel sees the world as categories which are constantly changing, dependent on history and the way in which they interact with other categories. Human perception can only “grasp” these categories at specific moments in time, freezing them and seeing only particular aspects of them...

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Last Tycoon. Scribner’s, 1941. Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, Or the Evening Redness in the West. Modern Library, 2000 (1985). I decided to reread The Last Tycoon when I saw the trailer for the upcoming Amazon TV adaptation. Just as with the recent Gatsby adaptation, this really...

Yesterday morning, I was at the Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS), where a lot of the discussion was around the benefits of open data for governance. Beth Blauer from Johns Hopkins discussed her experience working in various muncipalities in developing data infrastructure to support governance decisions. This led to the...