The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0043 Friday, 19 January 2007
From: Scot Zarela <
Date: Thursday, 18 Jan 2007 12:48:38 -0500
Subject: 18.0038 A question about 'presentism'
Comment: Re: SHK 18.0038 A question about 'presentism'
John D. Cox writes: "Those who are suspicious of this enterprise can
help the discussion by acknowledging presentism's first point: that we
indeed cannot entirely shed our own identity when trying to understand
Why should this be acknowledged? Has it ever been seriously disputed?
Who, exactly, has held that we (or anyone else for that matter) can
entirely shed our own identity --- whether when trying to understand the
past, or at any other time? Entirely? Surely whatever claim presentism
aims to correct is itself more modest and more worth serious
consideration than this suggests.
- Scot Zarela
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