My Mistake and a Lament

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Posted by R. John Howe on March 01, 1999 at 16:48:43:

In Reply to: Re: Proper Footnoting, Paradigms and What's Different posted by Michael Wendorf on March 01, 1999 at 07:15:13:

Dear Michael et al -

I can see now that I read too fast.

Claude's ending line was "Brother can you paradigm?" and was, of course, a take off on an old Depression era popular song "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" The coincidence seemed too close and I jumped conclusions.

Michael, I AM sorry that it all happened at Madison for you, although that school has its points: beer in the cafeteria before NYU, I've heard.

But the main reason for this post is to lament Jerry's use of the word "paradigm" in his initial statement. What a lightning rod it is. I know that Kuhn's book generated at least two books of responding articles but that was among practicing philosophers. Could we retreat to a term that might permit us to discuss what might actually be occurring here? How about "change?" "Big change" if you want. I fear "paradigm" will take us to a place that Claude joked about in another part of his poem, one in which every "thought" is a "conceptualization."


John Howe

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