Untangling the Threads of the Labyrinth in David Kolb's "Socrates in the Labyrinth"

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This esssays contains biographical information on the US philosopher, David Kolb and bibliographic, hypertext and other media pertaining to Kolb's ground-breaking essay, "Socrates in the Labyrinth."

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Socrates in the Labyrinth is a philosophical work that questions the epistemology surrounding print-based writing. It is one of a handful of hypertext essays published by Eastgate Systems, Inc. and the only one that focused on the topic of philosophy. It consists of five files: the titular one + four more: Habermas Pyramid, Earth Orbit, Cleavings, and Aristotle’s Argument. Kolb also produced a 6th file called Caged Text—named after the great experimental thinker John Cage. This unpublished work was structured around random pages from randomly chosen books from his personal library and linked together by a mix of randomly selected and intentional paths to demonstrate that humans make meaning even under such circumstances.

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Marta Deyrup