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  1. Thread: Text and author

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    Francis Bacon in his play Merchant of Venice.

    Francis Bacon in his play Merchant of Venice.
  2. Jane Austen chimes in, from Northanger Abbey,...

    Jane Austen chimes in, from Northanger Abbey, published posthumously in 1819 (or so), but written in the 1790s.
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    I think it was Ezra Pound who thought that all...

    I think it was Ezra Pound who thought that all poets should be trained to translate poetry in order to learn form without worrying about content.
  4. Thread: Public Nudity

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    Per Robert Graves:

    Per Robert Graves:
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    When Roth lost out in his last chance to be...

    When Roth lost out in his last chance to be honored by the Nobel committee, he was asked, "What do you think of Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for literature?"

    "Oh, I have nothing against the...
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    Beauty in the Time of Covid

    Venice is too crowded. Not now, though. Look at how lovely she looks without the crowds, to a beautiful song:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=J8zgIr6meic
  7. Thread: Public Nudity

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    Have you ever seen Michaelangelo's David?

    Have you ever seen Michaelangelo's David?
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    As the Buddhists say, "Blessed are the...

    As the Buddhists say, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God "
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    "Be fruitful and multiply," said the Lord. This...

    "Be fruitful and multiply," said the Lord. This thread appears to be multiplying, but "fruitful" it is not. Have a good day, JCamilo, and "rank" philosophers any way you choose.
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    What bunk! JCamilo thinks that claiming that...

    What bunk! JCamilo thinks that claiming that all people have a human duty to develop their own philosophies "shows a contempt and undervalluing of Philosophy." (sic.) Huh?

    I'll grant that I...
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    Specialized training and expertise are wonderful...

    Specialized training and expertise are wonderful things, but (contrary to the adage) if something is worth doing it is worth doing badly. We can be athletes and never make an Olympic team; we can be...
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    Thanks for setting me straight, JCamilo. It was...

    Thanks for setting me straight, JCamilo. It was silly of me to think I could develop my own set of ethics (moral code), or that I could try to figure out what to believe based on what kinds of...
  13. I would never deny the artist the right to create...

    I would never deny the artist the right to create whatever worlds (metaphorically) he wants to create, and write about them however he wants to write about them. I could equally ask, who am I to...
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    Ideas, my dear Degas, are inseparable from words....

    Ideas, my dear Degas, are inseparable from words. Symbolic logic requires symbols, as well as logic. The professional philosophy with which jcamilo is enamored is expressed in words. Ideas create...
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    Philosophy is both a specialized field, and the...

    Philosophy is both a specialized field, and the eternal province of “all men”. Anyone who has political ideals is (in English) described as having a “political philosophy.” Of course some great...
  16. The difference is that by making ANY choice for...

    The difference is that by making ANY choice for required reading you are "excluding" all other books from being required. As I said in my first post, the strange thing about the Alaska case is that...
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    Art, Philosophy and Propaganda

    “Art for art's sake,” is a common critical adage. Scions of this board (like Stlukesguild,
    now sadly missing) have often promoted it. I have no objections to this general critical approach.
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  18. No books were banned -- they were just excluded...

    No books were banned -- they were just excluded from a school's curriculum (this may constitute "censorship", but not "banning".)

    When you objected to "the censorship of human sexuality" it was...
  19. Societies from time immemorial have tried...

    Societies from time immemorial have tried (unsuccessfully) to "censor human sexuality". Perhaps we can all agree that some forms of human sexuality should be outlawed (censored is the wrong word)....
  20. The NYT article is not about censorship. It is...

    The NYT article is not about censorship. It is about who should determine school curricula: the teachers and principals (i.e. the professionals), or the School Board (who are elected officials). ...
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    Jarndyce resolved!

    As I delved into the pages of Bleak House, I began to fear that it would take me just as long to read the book as it would take the Chancery to resolve Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce. Fortunately, after...
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    Here's GK Chesterton's take on the subject, which...

    Here's GK Chesterton's take on the subject, which is a superb piece of writing, whether one agrees or no. It's from his book "Orthodoxy":
  23. Melville loved Don Quixote, and thought he was...

    Melville loved Don Quixote, and thought he was one of the three great literary characters (along with Hamlet and Milton's
    Satan). Ahab shares the Don's mono-mania and madness, if not his sense of...
  24. A glance at the Modern Library list of 100...

    A glance at the Modern Library list of 100 greatest English language novels reveals that neither "Moby Dick" nor "Huckleberry Finn" make the list. (I just figured it out "Modern" means 20th century....
  25. By the way, the pun about the hunt for the great...

    By the way, the pun about the hunt for the great white American novel (referring both to Moby Dick and to the notion that the G.A.N. must be the product of a white male) is used so often as to be...
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