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Date of King John
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0524  Monday, 21 March 2005

From:           Marcus Dahl <
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Date:           Monday, 21 Mar 2005 10:58:41 -0000
Subject: 16.0511 Date of King John
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0511 Date of King John

Dear All,

Seems to me Bob Grumman has been having too much radical doubt!

I think Gabriel Egan has already replied on this thread to the effect
that much of what Bob seems to be saying implies a radical dislocation
theory of history in which he would doubt even the possibility of
'knowing' the existence of a test (e.g did the water boil?) even minutes
after the water had cooled. This kind of thing is like reading Berkley
without Hume and thinking the cup has always disappeared behind the chair.

I'd love to see Bob fret when he loses his keys ...

'But DID they ever exist in the first place? Maybe I was merely being
deceived into the belief that they existed and that I had them to lose.
  Perhaps there never were any keys. In which case how did I get in
here? How will I ever get out etc...

Here's to non-deductivist doubt!

Best,
Marcus

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