From: "Jonathan S. Shapiro" <>
Replying To: Mark Miller <>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2002 13:27:40 -0500
Subject: Re: [e-lang] Types of Causality (was: Modelling Blindness)

> However, I think that
> At 10:32 AM 12/12/2002 Thursday, Jonathan S. Shapiro wrote:
> >Let us begin by putting this paper in context.
> >
> >The Protection paper was written in 1971. Butler was 28 years old. He
> >had just arrived [...]
> confuses the issue yet again. I don't care who Butler was at the time, what 
> his situation was, or whether this paper was labeled "workshop", "draft", or 
> whatever. I would only care about these issues if I was interested in 
> assessing blame, which I'm not.

First, let me say that I agree in substance with all of what MarkM
wrote. Then let me explain why I added the bit above to my earlier note. 

When we read papers, we seek to extract meaning.  Depending on the
expected quality of the paper we examine the text with more or less
attention to detail, expecting a greater or lesser degree of precision
in the writing. My point in making the context statements was to
illustrate why greater precision should not be expected in the writing
this particular paper. Hermeneutics isn't likely to be helpful. chris


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