Computational Hermeneutics

One of our discussion topics today in Boston focused on the question of the names of disciplines, how they change over time, and what they tend to imply, both for people working in the area and for others. If I can be permitted a couple of generalizations, from the computer scientists, “digital” suggests “digitization” rather than computation, and for the humanists, “computation” implies crunching the numbers to get an answer, which is not really the humanities project. So I proposed that we consider “computational hermeneutics”, which for all I know is something people have been saying for years, but we all seemed to agree that it would be equally offensive to everyone involved.