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Christoph Hoffmann

Schreiben im Forschen

Verfahren, Szenen, Effekte

[Writing in Research. Methods, Scenes, Effects.]

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Christoph Hoffmann shows that in research, writing takes on the character of a procedure that yields epistemic effects. Whoever writes not only processes things, but in so doing shapes them and makes them available.
»I write in order to see, to do, to specify, to prolong – not to duplicate what has existed.« (Paul Valéry)
Wherever one looks in the sciences, writing is taking place: in the laboratory, in the field, in the archive, in the office. Seldom does this activity attract attention; it is simply too self-evident, too trivial. Closer inspection reveals that writing does not merely serve to aid memory or convey insights. Christoph Hoffmann shows that in research, writing takes on the character of a procedure that yields epistemic effects. Whoever writes not only processes things, but in so doing shapes them and makes them available. As Paul Valéry suggests: the act of writing itself becomes an instrument of exploration.
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Christoph Hoffmann
Geboren 1963; Studium der Germanistik und Geschichte in Frankfurt a.M. und Freiburg i.Br.; 1995 Promotion; 2004 Habilitation; 2004–10 Co-Leiter der Forschungsinitiative »Wissen im Entwurf« am Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin; 2008 Gastprofessor an der Columbia University, New York; seit 2010 Professor für Wissenschaftsforschung an der Universität Luzern; Fellowships am Zentrum für Literaturforschung Berlin (2001), an der Akademie Schloß Solitude Stuttgart (2004) und am IFK Wien (2006).

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung — 7. Februar 2019, S. 40 (Urs Hafner)
In: H-Soz-Kult — http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/rezensionen/2019–2-142 (5/2019) (Lina Gafner)