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hostis humani generis

The day has come for which I've long been hoping; thus I emerge from my hermitage.

I don't know what it's wider significance is, but I would claim to know that, in itself, it is - good.

Update: I'm glad to see that Norm and I are speaking the same language.

June 8, 2006 | Permalink


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Welcome back Paul. Much anticipated and long awaited. Hurrah!

Posted by: Nameless Nodody at Jun 8, 2006 5:59:27 PM

DRAT! I've infested Gotham city with my merry crew of non-Augustinian liberals, Mr. Craddick! We thought you were mortally wounded in the last combat. But I'm sorry -- Gotham has now become a high tax, enviro-friendly, communalist kind of place, totally free from original sin and Misian individualism -- and you will never dislodge us, sir!
The Penguin

Posted by: penguin at Jun 9, 2006 9:09:52 AM

Paul, you have invented a new genre: blogteasing. You promise and promise, but where are the Craddickisms your audience craves?

Obviously, squandered orally, over lunch, among the select few.

But what would Aristotle say about blogteasing? Obviously, he would put it down among the vices. He would say: Like activities produce like dispositions; hence, the activity of writing a post leads to the disposition to write posts. From which we can see that we must give our blog posting activities a certain quality, because it is their characteristics that determine the resulting dispositions. If, however, we form the sort of habit of shaping the content of our activity, viz, writing the post, into the form of promising to write posts we never write, then, we have formed a dispostion that cannot be called just and temperate, insofar as it is not just to blogtease, nor is it temperate. This is an opinion we are not alone in holding, as Empedocles wrote in Bloggus Logos

Bright Jove, life-giving Juno, made birds, stars and hogs;
but Dark Pluto alone gave birth to bloggers and blogs.

So, we must seek to refrain from blogteasing, if we are to embody blog virtue. (See Blogoriologia, IV,iii)

Posted by: roger at Jun 14, 2006 2:53:26 PM



That's mimesis carried to a very high level - but how dare you caricature "The Philosopher"?!

Posted by: Paul Craddick at Jun 23, 2006 10:29:12 AM