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Re: Why Shakespeare Conflicts
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1650  Thursday, 28 June 2001

From:           Takashi Kozuka <
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Date:           Thursday, 28 Jun 2001 11:55:16
Subject:        Re: Why Shakespeare Conflicts

Sean Lawrence <
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>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.

It is a *false analogy* to compare Sam's statement (there is "a literary
tract that will translate to ANY culture on the planet and will be
INSTANTLY understood" (emphasis added)) with math, science or
philosophy. (I'm sorry that I don't have time to examine the fallacy
more closely.) My point is simple: Sam's statement neglects cultural
differences.

Best wishes,
Takashi Kozuka

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