Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn
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Linguistic Absolutism

Resolved: Will use the way words/languages evolve over time as analogy in future arguments with people who are moral absolutists. We can easily imagine linguistic absolutists who use arguments that are perfect mirrors of moral absolutists, e.g. "how will we know that Apple really means an apple unless there is an absolute language?", and perhaps seeing the arguments in that context will help moral absolutists see how ridiculous they are. Changing values on topics such as gender, slavery, etc. deserve explicit mention.

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