Fallibility (was Re: W. H. Lewis's diary)
- Or, as I like to say, "Never attribute to malice that which is
sufficiently explained by stupidity."
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
> > 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.