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Re: Why Shakespeare Conflicts
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1632  Wednesday, 27 June 2001

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 26 Jun 2001 09:50:18 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1619 Re: Why Shakespeare Conflicts

[2]     From:   Florence Amit <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 27 Jun 2001 01:44:12 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1574 Re: Why Shakespeare Conflicts


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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 26 Jun 2001 09:50:18 -0700
Subject: 12.1619 Re: Why Shakespeare Conflicts
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1619 Re: Why Shakespeare Conflicts

Takashi writes:

>Really? I wonder (once again) how Sam knew so certainly that there was
>"a literary tract that will translate to ANY culture on the planet and
>will be INSTANTLY understood" (emphasis added). Is he familiar with all
>the cultures in the world (both known and unknown)? Has he visited all
>the countries? Has he talked to every single person on the earth? Isn't
>this another *romantic generalization*?

I've more or less avoided this whole debate, but I find it surprising
that Don opens himself up for this sort of refutation.  Why should we
judge universality empirically?  Surely we don't survey all cultures
before deciding that simple math is universal, for instance, and both
science and philosophy make rather general claims without bothering to
first build up a global consensus.

Cheers,
Se

 

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