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Engaging Lorraine Daston’s Rules: A Short History of What We Live By
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Engaging Lorraine Daston’s Rules: A Short History of What We Live By

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The Humanities Center welcomes historian of science Lorraine Daston (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin/ University of Chicago) for this virtual session to discuss her recent book Rules: A Short History of What We Live By. As the book blurb puts it, “rules order almost every aspect of our lives. They set our work hours, dictate how we drive and set the table, tell us whether to offer an extended hand or cheek in greeting, and organize the rites of life, from birth through death. We may chafe under the rules we have, and yearn for ones we don’t, yet no culture could do without them. In Rules, historian Lorraine Daston traces their development in the Western tradition and shows how rules have evolved from ancient to modern times. Drawing on a rich trove of examples, including legal treatises, cookbooks, military manuals, traffic regulations, and game handbooks, Daston demonstrates that while the content of rules is dazzlingly diverse, the forms that they take are surprisingly few and long-lived.” The session is free and open to all. A copy of the introduction is available on the Humanities Center shared drive, and discussion of the book will open with responses from Chris Phillips (History, CMU) and David Marshall (Communication, Pitt).

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Zoom link: https://pitt.zoom.us/my/pitthumanities

Wednesday, February 8 at 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

Engaging Lorraine Daston’s Rules: A Short History of What We Live By

The Humanities Center welcomes historian of science Lorraine Daston (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin/ University of Chicago) for this virtual session to discuss her recent book Rules: A Short History of What We Live By. As the book blurb puts it, “rules order almost every aspect of our lives. They set our work hours, dictate how we drive and set the table, tell us whether to offer an extended hand or cheek in greeting, and organize the rites of life, from birth through death. We may chafe under the rules we have, and yearn for ones we don’t, yet no culture could do without them. In Rules, historian Lorraine Daston traces their development in the Western tradition and shows how rules have evolved from ancient to modern times. Drawing on a rich trove of examples, including legal treatises, cookbooks, military manuals, traffic regulations, and game handbooks, Daston demonstrates that while the content of rules is dazzlingly diverse, the forms that they take are surprisingly few and long-lived.” The session is free and open to all. A copy of the introduction is available on the Humanities Center shared drive, and discussion of the book will open with responses from Chris Phillips (History, CMU) and David Marshall (Communication, Pitt).

Dial-In Information

Zoom link: https://pitt.zoom.us/my/pitthumanities

Wednesday, February 8 at 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

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Humanities Center

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