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Borgmann’s information

I’m just finishing reading Albert Borgmann’s Holding on to Reality: The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium, a work about information, the Net, and philosophy, published in 1999. It’s terrific.

I particularly liked his synthetic view of information throughout the ages, starting with “natural information,” through writing, printing, and the modern age’s idea. He is enthusiastic, but certainly not evangelical. Throughout, he reminds us how deeply human experience is embedded in flesh.

Borgmann is a good writer. He takes care to keep his readers interested, which may sound obvious but is totally non-obvious to most philosophers. If only.

I wish I had read this book earlier.

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