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popculturepooka
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12/24/2015 5:08:10 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
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This is mind boggling to me how this case has blown up. The professor literally said nothing that should be controversial and she is being threatened with termination.

Very basic, basic philosophical points underlie why it shouldn't be controversial. One very, very easy one is the sense/referent distinction. People can mean different things, but refer to the same thing. For example, I can mean Bruce Wayne when I refer to him - as the billionaire playboy, etc, etc - and I can think that Bruce Wayne is a completely different person than Batman (if I don't know they are one if the same), but it doesn't follow that I'm not referring to Batman and when I am talking about Bruce Wayne. I can even sincerely believe that Batman and Bruce Wayne and have mutually exclusive properties and it STILL would be the case that I'm referring to Batman when I talk about Bruce Wayne.

This is a shame.
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Yassine
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12/25/2015 5:09:57 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/24/2015 5:08:10 PM, popculturepooka wrote:
http://www.chicagotribune.com...

This is mind boggling to me how this case has blown up. The professor literally said nothing that should be controversial and she is being threatened with termination.

Very basic, basic philosophical points underlie why it shouldn't be controversial. One very, very easy one is the sense/referent distinction. People can mean different things, but refer to the same thing. For example, I can mean Bruce Wayne when I refer to him - as the billionaire playboy, etc, etc - and I can think that Bruce Wayne is a completely different person than Batman (if I don't know they are one if the same), but it doesn't follow that I'm not referring to Batman and when I am talking about Bruce Wayne. I can even sincerely believe that Batman and Bruce Wayne and have mutually exclusive properties and it STILL would be the case that I'm referring to Batman when I talk about Bruce Wayne.

This is a shame.

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