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What an index looks like…

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Indexing can be fun!  Indeed one realizes that it is a bit of an art form once one gets into it: it involves an interesting mix of constraint and choice.  All that said, I don’t think I’d want to spend my Christmas vacation writing an index — fortunately, I’m already finished with mine, and even before our the fall colors (or what we have of them here) have let go of their trees.

Below is the near-final draft of the index (sans page numbers, and separated out into separate subject and name indices) for Genealogy as Critique, my next project. It’s quite nice to have the writing process end on a very up note.

Subject Index


; of the contemporary,

appropriationist historiography. See historiography, appropriationist


; expansion into genealogy,

; as problematizational,

; proposed alternative forms of,

; and transcendentality,


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October 15, 2012 at 1:46 am

Pragmatism and Social Science Methodology

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Headed to a Pragmatism and Social Sciences workshop today and am very much looking forward to it.  Questions of philosophy’s relationships and contributions to methodologies of ‘the human sciences’ have long been central for me, so am glad to have a chance to discuss this with others in a format crossing up the disciplines. Genealogy has long been a player in these debates, so it’s nice to see pragmatism (the other tradition I focus my work on), coming into play again here, in a serious and considered way.

Speaking of crossing up, the meeting is at Hopkins, so I get to see a little bit of Baltimore, which will be nice, because aside from a visit during a dreadful APA, I’ve never much been before. In my mind, Baltimore is practically synonymous with John Waters.

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October 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm

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