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Re: The Topic
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1006  Wednesday, 10 May 2000.

[1]     From:   Kevin De Ornellas <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 09 May 2000 15:07:39 GMT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0998 Re: The Topic

[2]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 09 May 2000 11:25:06 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0998 Re: The Topic


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From:           Kevin De Ornellas <
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Date:           Tuesday, 09 May 2000 15:07:39 GMT
Subject: 11.0998 Re: The Topic
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0998 Re: The Topic

>From:  Gabriel Egan

>Kevin De Ornellas found me out of date concerning modifications to the
>"Flags and Emblems Act" [...] My withers have been wrung.

That was no big deal: I apologise for my over-the-top reaction to it.

>Catholics fleeing Belfast on 12 July

But I do feel compelled to say that this Catholic has never fled from
Belfast on July 12, or at any other time!

Kevin

Kevin De Ornellas B.A., M.A.
Queen's University
Belfast, Ireland

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 09 May 2000 11:25:06 -0700
Subject: 11.0998 Re: The Topic
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0998 Re: The Topic

Gabriel Egan writes:

> Surely, if
> speaking really does change reality, rather than merely footnoting it,
> then it's all the more important to say that everyday normality (naked
> women displayed on newstands, Catholics fleeing Belfast on 12 July, and
> oil companies killing their opponents in Africa) is adrift from the
> publicly-avowed principles of western democracy. One might then set to
> work on problematizing those principles too.

Of course, if the problem with these instances of terrible, though
horribly everyday normality, is that they contradict our publicly-avowed
principles, then problematizing these principles would make the horrors
of everyday normality be, in a word, no problem.

An alternative course of action might be to find ways to live our
principles, or, relatedly, to ground them more seriously.

Cheers,
Se

 

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