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Re: Medium & Message, Fact and "History"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0611  Friday, 1 March 2002

From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Thursday, 28 Feb 2002 17:36:23 -0000
Subject: 13.0589 Re: Medium & Message, Fact and "History"
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0589 Re: Medium & Message, Fact and "History"

Sean Lawrence, responding favourably to a previous post by R. A.
Cantrell, asked, "could we even recognize a "(truer) world" without some
sense of the true?  Can we have comparatives without at least some
intuition of absolutes?" R. A. Cantrell replied, "See Augustine, St. THE
UTILITY OF BELIEF; Heidegger, M. Sein und Zeit". I am amused to imagine
every list member scurrying away to get copies of Heidegger in the
original German. On the Augustine, I would oppose Cantrell's selection
with the passages about the non-existence of evil in Book VII of
"Confessions", especially xii and xiii (pp.124ff. in the World's
Classics edition translated by Henry Chadwick, 1992). As for "Being and
Time", I'm not sure Heidegger's pre-Socratic phenomenology replaces its
destruction of "intuition of absolutes" with a sense of "comparatives".
Was not the notion that there were categories that could be put to the
service of comparison just the sort of Aritotelian (or, more to the
point, Kantian) paradigm that this sort of hermeneutics was developed to
challenge? I think my namesake agrees with Sean on that one (but who
would dare to suggest they know what Heidegger actually means...?)

Sean wrote that R. A. Cantrell "quoted British pop culture", which got
the response, "Not of a purpose I didn't, Mr. Dillon". I think that was
because Sean forgot that it was I who quoted from "1066 and all That",
mischievous source of the quote which has led rather surprisingly to
this abstruse discussion and these frightening references. Sellars and
Yeatman would be highly amused. But that is no more than they deserve!


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