Takeaway 🏃

Zusammenfassung:: This paper is a direct criticism of Rens Bod’s work (e.g. @bod2016). Fickers argues that historical studies are an example against the decline of traditional, non-digital research in the humanities. He claims that technology “will simply enrich our classical repertoire of source critique” (159).

Motivation:: Fickers wants to set a counter point to an “ideology” which he deems harmful to the future of the humanities.


Keywords: digital-humanities

  • 155 | Lack of digital literacy: tools get developed faster than skill
  • 156 | Skepticism towards digital “solutionism”
  • 157 | Shifting from documents to data; urging researchers to reflect digital revolution (What is originality?)
  • 158 | New tools don’t mean the end of traditional humanities, as seen in historical research
  • 160 | The humanities’ goal should not be to find a universal “logical foundation of all human activities” (160f.)
  • 161 | Going from an Age of Scarcity to an Age of Abundance


  • What are hermeneutics?
  • What is positivism?


Fickers, Andreas. 2013. Veins filled with the Diluted Sap of Rationality: A Critical Reply to Rens Bod. BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review 128(4). 155–163. https://doi.org/10.18352/bmgn-lchr.9347.