The Arithmetic of Concepts: a response to Peter de Bolla

Last year I wrote a review of Peter de Bolla’s extraordinary book, The Architecture of Concepts: the Historical Formation of Human Rights (Fordham, 2013). I called it “the best argument yet for large-scale quantitative reading.” Relying entirely on keyword searches entered by hand through a web interface (Eighteenth-Century Collections Online), de Bolla shows that the […]