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[2b2k] Struggling with who cares

Yesterday I wrote a little — which will probably turn out to be too much — about the history of fact-finding missions. They’re really quite new, becoming a conspicuous part of international dispute settlement only with the creation of The Hague Convention in 1899. If you do a search on the phrase at the NY Times, you’ll see that there are only intermittent references until the 1920s when suddenly there are lots of them.

It strikes me as odd that we didn’t always have fact-finding missions, which is why I find it interesting. But I don’t think I can convince the reader that it’s interesting, which is why I’ve probably gone on too long about them. (There were obviously previous times when we tried to ascertain facts, but the phrase and the institutionalizing of fact-finding missions or commissions is what’s relatively new.)

Today I’m thinking I really need to shore up the opening section of this first chapter in order to show why the next section (on the history of facts, including fact-finding missions) matters. I think I’ll try to do that by briefly sketching our normal “architecture” of knowledge. For this it’d be good to come up with an easy example. Working on it…

3 Responses to “[2b2k] Struggling with who cares”

  1. Talking about the “architecture” of knowledge… you may want to take a look at a book about the relation between architecture and philosophy – http://bit.ly/8Xxcyh – by this guy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Wigley.

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  3. I think that sticking to the term “fact finding” might be too restrictive. For example, wasn’t the Lewis and Clark expedition a fact finding mission? There was a clear list of “facts” they were asked to collect, and the goal was to add to the very scant knowledge of the territories to the west of the original 13.

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