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May 07, 2004


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Jonathan Dresner

While I like your comments, I think you're giving Vendler's comments much more thought than they deserve. To make the primary conflict between art, philosophy, literature and history is to ignore the fact that all of those fundamentally humanistic disciplines are under siege from the supposedly practical economic/market disciplines, in competition with the social sciences as arbiters of humanity and struggling with the epistemological claims of the natural sciences.

Vendler's position is just silly and short-sighted.

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