Sunday, January 08, 2006

Quote of the Week

Quote of the week:

“If you work in the field of science but denigrate philosophy, you aren't a real scientist at all ... you are a glorified lab tech.”
~ Richard Scott Nokes, professor of medieval literature at Troy University

See his the rest of the quote here.

3 Comments:

Blogger Dr. Richard Scott Nokes said...

Not that it matters much to me, but last year the school changed its name from "Troy State University" to "Troy University." I'm not surprised you used the old name, though; I work here and STILL sometimes get it wrong.

Thanks for the plug ... I keep intending to write up a post in response to your concerns about relativism and non-authorial intentionalism, but I haven't had time.

12:23 PM  
Blogger chris said...

The whole intentionalism thing is really bothering me. I know it's a huge field that I could easily become lost in, so I just haven't looked into it yet. I would love to see a post from you about it.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Dr. Richard Scott Nokes said...

To give you a little snack to nibble on while I'm out of the country, lemme offer a thumbnail of what my response is going to be:

Just because meaning does not lie in the intention of the author does not mean that the text has no meaning, or that the meaning is relative. It is simply a different locus of meaning. The argument of some that either the author determines the meaning or we spiral downward into radical relativism in which truth has no meaning and dogs & cats live together in sin is a false dichotomy.

5:30 PM  

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