[hist-analytic] Not Cricket
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Baynesr at comcast.net
Thu Jan 14 07:06:08 EST 2010
Good point, and not just because I can respond briefly.
Rawls doesn't take up ANY of the Greek philosophers,
but DOES take up everyone else, it seems. This is
interesting in itself. I'll take a look at Grice on this.
Aristotle is a core figure in Anscombe, but here interest
is morality not justice.
I've been "indoctrinated" so heavily in the Kantian creed
that Rawls's Kantianism is, at first, appealing. I was
considering how I might define 'tolerance', given the
counterfeit role it plays in Rawls. What I came up with is
"Tolerance is the recognition of a duty to respect the
freedom of others."
Surely,there must be a better one. But what?
Very tricky notion; not like, say, 'bias' which is conceptually
somewhat void of conceptual content. This illustrates another
interesting asymmetry: coming up with a definition of 'tolerance'
is tough; so is providing a criterion of 'toleration'; perhaps
there is not; whereas 'bias' is easy enough to define, although
many will make a valiant effort to prove otherwise, *applying*
any criterion seems to suggest the need for further critera.
Tolerance is not a legal idea, bias is.
----- Original Message -----
From: jlsperanza at aol.com
To: hist-analytic at simplelists.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 9:20:02 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: Not Cricket
Thanks to S. Bayne for his recent note with the two refs. in Linguistic
Inquiry. Will do.
And please, do focus on your 'fair', or 'justice'. No just to keep you
revising things you read twenty years ago! In any case, just checked that
'fair' with which Rawls seems to have been obsessed, is Anglo-Saxon. Below the
etym., online. Interesting for some development along Gricean lines. Indeed
Mayfair Lady became, "My fair Lady" in the musical...
In any case, Grice has a couple of things to say about 'justice' in WoW.
Basically his exegesis on Plato. It's odd how these linguistic philosophers
took Aristotle and Plato so seriously. I was delighted when Urmson and
Warnock added to Austin's Philosophical Papers Austin's unpublished essay on
Plato's Line. Similarly, Grice's work on "Justice" in Plato's Republic is
another taste one gets of the way these philosophers liked to shine amongst
themselves with exegetical material of the classics. Brilliant!
It's not cricket, is used, idiomatically, as "no fair!", so it may relate.
Grice, recall, had his obit. titled: "professional philosopher and amateur
cricketer", so there!
J. L. Speranza
O.E. fæger "beautiful, pleasant," from P.Gmc. *fagraz (cf. O.N. fagr,
O.H.G. fagar "beautiful," Goth. fagrs "fit"), from PIE *fag-. The meaning in
ref. to weather (c.1200) preserves the original sense (opposed to foul). Sense
of "light complexioned" (1550s) reflects tastes in beauty; sense of "free
from bias" (mid-14c.) evolved from another early meaning, "morally pure,
unblemished" (late 12c.). The sporting senses (fair ball, fair catch etc.)
began in 1856. Fair play is from 1590s; fair and square is from c.1600.
Fair-haired in the fig. sense of "darling, favorite" is from 1909. Fairly in the
sense of "somewhat" is from 1805; it earlier meant "totally." Fairway
(1584) originally meant "navigational channel of a river;" golfing sense is
from 1910. First record of fair-weather friends is from 1736.
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