Rebooting Electronic Literature: Documenting Pre-Web Born Digital MediaMain MenuIntroduction to Rebooting Electronic LiteratureDocumentation of pre-web works of electronic literature from the library of the Electronic Literature LabSarah Smith's "King of Space"Documentation of Sarah Smith's hypertext novel, "King of Space"David Kolb's "Socrates in the Labyrinth"Documentation of David Kolb's hypertext essay "Socrates in the Labyrinth"J. Yellowlees Douglas' "I Have Said Nothing"Documentation of J. Yellowlees Douglas' hypertext novel, "I Have Said Nothing"Thomas M. Disch’s "AMNESIA"Documentation of Thomas M. Disch's interactive fiction "AMNESIA"Rob Kendall’s "A Life Set for Two"Documentation of Rob Kendall's hypertext "Life Set for Two"Judy Malloy's "its name was Penelope"The chapter on Judy Malloy's "its name was Penelope"Mary-Kim Arnold's "Lust"Documentation of Mary-Kim Arnold's hypertext fiction work, "Lust"Authors' and Contributors' BiosThe bios of those who authored and produced Rebooting Electronic LiteratureDene Grigarae403ae38ea2a2cccdec0313e11579da14c92f28Nouspace Publications | Washington State University Vancouver
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David Kolb is known in the field of electronic literature as the author of two major hypertext works, Socrates in the Labyrinth and Sprawling Places. A well-established philosopher, Kolb served on faculty at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine for 28 years and was awarded the Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of Philosophy by the college in 2005. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Fordham University and his M.Phil. and PhD from Yale University. Most of his writing deals with “what it means to live with historical connections and traditions at a time when we can no longer be totally defined by that history.” Before joining Bates College Kolb taught at the University of Chicago.
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 This unpublished work was structured around random pages from randomly chosen books from his personal library and linked together by a mix of randomly selected and intentional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.
Versions of Socrates in the Labyrinth
✭ Version 1.0: Published in 1994 on 3.5-inch floppy disk