Transforming Knowledge

Transforming Knowledge

Transforming Knowledge

Transforming Knowledge

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Books and articles are by no means the only or even the primary sources of ideas that change us. At least as often, and probably more so, such ideas come to us in conversation. But when it comes time to list sources, to give credit, to adduce examples, we turn to published works. I am sorry about that, although I understand it; we cannot offer introductions to all those with whom we have talked as we can list the works we have read and wish to recommend to others. Unfortunately, though, such listings can falsify the history of ideas by making it appear as if all Important Ideas are in texts, and only in texts. They also inaccurately and unfairly privilege those who write over those who think, talk, act, and teach with such involvement that they do not pause to produce the texts that, in a text-dominated culture, confer that peculiar thing, ownership of ideas.

Given all that, I have nevertheless settled on using endnotes to give basic bibliographic information as well as to surround what I say with generally accessible examples and sources of the thinking of others. I intend those notes to be evocative -- no more, no less. They are in reality surrounded at every moment by memories I have that are recognized, if incompletely, in the listing of friends, colleagues, organizations, and institutions in the Acknowledgments that follow.

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