Socrates in the Labyrinth: Hypertext, Argument, Philosophy
collects on one disk five hypertext essays written with STORYSPACE. My
disks arrived in a small, pocketed folder and included two disks. One
contained a demo version of STORYSPACE, which includes a tutorial and
sample hypertexts. I skipped the tutorial and dove directly into Kolb's
work, all of which is contained on the other disk. A short handbook on
how to use STORYSPACE (Getting Started With Storyspace ) as well as
a nine page
booklet which provides an overview of Kolb's work are also included. I
flipped through the two documents, using the shorter booklet's quick
directions on installation of the disks as Linus' blanket for doing what
I've done so often (dragging files to folders on the Mac desktop). I chose
to dive directly into Kolb's title essay. However, on reviewing the
booklet for the writing of this informational page, I do notice there's
a useful little piece by Kolb, "Some Words of Orientation," which lays
out what his central essay--"Socrates in the Labyrinth"-- is doing in form
purpose, and how the four other essays are meant to compliment that. In
addition to the title essay, with which this review primarily concerns
itself, Kolb also offers:
- "Habermas Pyramid," a linear essay that is accentuated with a
"multi-level pyramidal hypertext outline" (8).
- "Earth Orbit," which presents "statements of linear
argument...ordered in multiple cycles and epicylces" (9).
- "Cleavings," which combines "four classic but diverse texts" (9) and
makes a comparison of their hypertext form to their linear form.
- "Aristotle Essay" which takes a "complex argument from Aristotle" (9)
puts it into the 'mixed form' explored in "Socrates in the Labyrinth."
You can also access more information about this hypertext by following
one of the three links to Eastgate Systems given below. These are one
way links; to return to this essay from any of the Eastgate links, you
will have to use the 'go back' command on your web browser.
to Where you left off before coming to this page.
to start of review of Socrates in the Labyrinth
Address your comments to Nick Carbone at firstname.lastname@example.org