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Hubris or utopia? Megalomania and imagination in the work of Paul Otlet

Wouter Van Acker UGent (2012) CAHIERS DE LA DOCUMENTATION = BLADEN VOOR DE DOCUMENTATIE. p.58-66
abstract
The documentalist and internationalist Paul Otlet (1868-1944) has been characterized by several authors and exhibition makers as a utopian, visionary thinker. Also in his own time Otlet was critiqued for being utopian in the sense of a megalomaniac dreamer. This article confirms the ‘hubris’ in his character, but also offers an alternative and more positive interpretation of his utopianism. This interpretation emphasizes the anticipative and organizational mode of imagination that he used to explore new possible directions for the organization of knowledge.
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
hubris, Utopianism, knowledge organization, imagination, Paul Otlet
journal title
CAHIERS DE LA DOCUMENTATION = BLADEN VOOR DE DOCUMENTATIE
Cah. doc.
issue
2
issue title
Sur les traces... In het spoor van... Paul Otlet
pages
58 - 66
ISSN
0007-9804
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A4
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2956035
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2956035
date created
2012-07-05 10:34:57
date last changed
2012-07-06 15:21:09
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  abstract     = {The documentalist and internationalist Paul Otlet (1868-1944) has been characterized by several authors and exhibition makers as a utopian, visionary thinker. Also in his own time Otlet was critiqued for being utopian in the sense of a megalomaniac dreamer. This article confirms the {\textquoteleft}hubris{\textquoteright} in his character, but also offers an alternative and more positive interpretation of his utopianism. This interpretation emphasizes the anticipative and organizational mode of imagination that he used to explore new possible directions for the organization of knowledge.},
  author       = {Van Acker, Wouter},
  issn         = {0007-9804},
  journal      = {CAHIERS DE LA DOCUMENTATION = BLADEN VOOR DE DOCUMENTATIE},
  keyword      = {hubris,Utopianism,knowledge organization,imagination,Paul Otlet},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {58--66},
  title        = {Hubris or utopia? Megalomania and imagination in the work of Paul Otlet},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Van Acker, Wouter. 2012. “Hubris or Utopia? Megalomania and Imagination in the Work of Paul Otlet.” Cahiers De La Documentation = Bladen Voor De Documentatie (2): 58–66.
APA
Van Acker, W. (2012). Hubris or utopia? Megalomania and imagination in the work of Paul Otlet. CAHIERS DE LA DOCUMENTATION = BLADEN VOOR DE DOCUMENTATIE, (2), 58–66.
Vancouver
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Van Acker W. Hubris or utopia? Megalomania and imagination in the work of Paul Otlet. CAHIERS DE LA DOCUMENTATION = BLADEN VOOR DE DOCUMENTATIE. 2012;(2):58–66.
MLA
Van Acker, Wouter. “Hubris or Utopia? Megalomania and Imagination in the Work of Paul Otlet.” CAHIERS DE LA DOCUMENTATION = BLADEN VOOR DE DOCUMENTATIE 2 (2012): 58–66. Print.