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A Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0043  Friday, 19 January 2007

From: 		Scot Zarela <
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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 
the past."

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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