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Monday, 03 September 2007


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David Moles

Yeah, except when you use it I can actually tell from context what you mean.

Adam Roberts

David ... were you addressing Scott, or James Joyce?


I'm sure you've already seen this, but just in case.


Is this an oblique response to Tim Burke's "There Must Be a Word" post of a while back?

The only problem I can see with this definition is the possible slippage between arguing against the improper attribution of contemporary conceptual systems to those who didn't hold them and the argument that one often sees following on from this, that one cannot judge past or present culturally different actors based on our own conceptual systems or analyze their actions in terms that they would not themselves recognize (both of which are of course both reasonable and necessary). But we'll leave such errors to your future less skilled acolytes.

Tim Lacy

Great job mimicing the OED. I had to look at it 3 times: but I'm slow I guess.

But seriously, in history we simply call this "presentism" - without regard to the object studied (book, person, structure, etc.).

Of course I might just be a curmudgeon slow on the uptake today. - TL


And here I had hoped it was like podcasting, except with time travel.

When ya gonna get around to inventing that, huh, Kaufman??


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David Moles

Adam, I think I'd need an interpreter to talk to Joyce.

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