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Remembering Aaron

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Desire and Interpretation

As the Sturm und Drang about the (apparently forged) Jesus’ Wife Fragment waxes and wanes (the Sturm waxes, the Drang wanes?), my predictably eccentric interest concerns the role of evidence and of non-evidential factors in shaping positive or negative assessments … Continue reading

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Pervasive Latent Criteria

Summing up from last time: “meant” and “means” aren’t distinct from one another in the way that the standard account presupposes; and, there is no theoretical account to be adduced which will arbitrate how to apply a posited meaning. (This … Continue reading

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Spring Evening Class

Classroom View It may be difficult to concentrate tonight.

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Meant, Means, Application

For the purposes of my developing this argument, let’s take my expression-apprehension model of interpretation as read. On this account, now, we can explain a great many problems that the standard “subsistent meaning” account generates. For instance, the standard account … Continue reading

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Images Of The Week

Write What You Read, on Flickr The late Bartlet Feeney, on Flickr The late Bartlet Feeney Looking North, from the Cornmarket, on Flickr Easter Monday, on Flickr Easter Sunday Solemn Morning Prayer

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Busy Day

No blog.

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High Five

Adding words to our account of the communicative landscape does not fundamentally change what we’ve observed about inference and communication. Just as I make inferential estimates of what time in the morning it is (speaking of which, I need to … Continue reading

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The Flesh Is Weak

This evening, Margaret and I were dining on a sumptuous feast of leftovers, including some fried aubergine with garlic — friend aubergine and garlic that had made the most of its time in the refrigerator. And it had gathered its … Continue reading

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Adding Words

You have graciously borne with me in considering communication by wordless inference, in both non-intentional (“natural”) and intentional (“conscious animal life”) circumstances. I used inverted commas in my parenthetical characterisations because I’d like to allow for non-intentional inference in circumstances … Continue reading

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Not That ‘Happy’

Well-intentioned vicar Dick Keith of St Eormengyth’s Church in the Isle of Thanet generated concern and dismay at the Easter service this morning. The priest — perhaps inspired by the BBC television series ‘Rev’, and apparently hoping to piggy-back on … Continue reading

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Busy Holy Saturday

I know, I missed Maundy Thursday, and now I’m taking this feeble way out of posting today as well. I spent all day today working on a sermon, all the time that I wasn’t praying or rehearsing. But at least … Continue reading

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