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Fallibility (was Re: W. H. Lewis's diary)

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  • Carl F. Hostetter
    Or, as I like to say, Never attribute to malice that which is sufficiently explained by stupidity. Carl
    Message 1 of 15 , Jun 25, 2008
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      Or, as I like to say, "Never attribute to malice that which is
      sufficiently explained by stupidity."

      Carl


      On Jun 25, 2008, at 1:51 PM, Grace Monk wrote:

      > David, I think you have (as usual) hit upon an important distinction.
      > One doesn't have to attribute malice or anything else pernicious to
      > another who has unreliable scholarship. When dealing with inaccuracy
      > and unreliability, the "why" doesn't really matter.
      >
      > Grace Monk
      >
      > On Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 12:26 PM, David Bratman <dbratman@...
      > > wrote:
      > > Sure, Lynn, absolutely - but the question at hand wasn't the state
      > of
      > > Hooper's soul nor the fallibility of his humanity. It was the
      > accuracy of
      > > his autobiographical statements and the reliability of his
      > scholarship. On
      > > those questions, humans are not equally fallible.
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