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Re: Seminars
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1093  Thursday, 10 May 2001

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 09 May 2001 11:17:57 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1082 Re: Seminars

[2]     From:   David Kathman <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 9 May 2001 23:00:27 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1034 Re: Seminars


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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Wednesday, 09 May 2001 11:17:57 -0700
Subject: 12.1082 Re: Seminars
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1082 Re: Seminars

John suggests,

>Sean Lawrence needs to watch a few more mafia movies!
>
>In most of them they distinguish between the 'personal' and 'business'.
>My interest in academic debate is 'business'.  Lawrence's 'ethics' make
>the mistake of confusing the two.

I think that you're making the mistake of considering the actions of
fictional criminals to be guides to life.

Seriously, though, I don't think that your distinction really holds
water.  Anything involving human interactions is ipso facto within the
domain of ethics.  We defer to strangers when entering a building or an
elevator.  We discuss the weather with baristas.  We say "good morning"
to our colleagues.  Even in the mafia movies, and even in the midst of
'business', people are still driven by honour and loyalty, often to the
detriment of business.  If they were more willing to put 'business'
aside, in fact, and be more 'personal', the genre would collapse and the
cinematic world would be a much better place.

Ciao,
Se

 

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