Re: ATOMISM: Crackpot Theory

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Mon, 16 Mar 1998 15:17:22 -0800 (PST)

> >Definitions are the groundwork from where argument
> >begins: to call a definition "argument" is like
> >calling a dish washer a chef--sure, you can't enjoy
> >the food without clean dishes, but that's not where
> >the real meat is.
> IAN: Where did I say "a definition is an argument"?

In almost everything you write. You spend pages and pages
on defining "Identity" and claim that this is an exercise
of reason in itself. You can have your definition if you
like--it's no skin off my nose. But the old definition--
even if it's "wrong" in some sense--manages to feed me,
build houses, move me around, and generally make my life
interesting. If you want us to accept your definition,
show us how using your definition /accomplishes/ something
tangible and real in my life.

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