Re: hypothetical, or non-hypothetical ?
- In a message dated 98-11-22 01:46:15 EST, rmswain@... writes:
Q, for example, is hypothetical (at least in use of this) not because it
is unlikely in any sense to have existed (probably did) but rather
because we have neither manuscript nor overt citation; hence our
reconstruction of the document is hypothetical. >>
This is too weak. It is not only our reconstruction of the document (in the
case of Q) that is hypothetical, but even its very existence.