Re: [asa] The empirical basis of knowledge

From: Robert Schneider <>
Date: Wed Mar 21 2007 - 08:24:09 EDT

"With malice toward none,
With charity for all"

It has a biblical ring to it, almost psalm-like, which is not surprising given Lincoln's familiarity with Scripture that threads throughout the Second Inaugural.

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  From: David F Siemens
  Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 8:59 PM
  Subject: Re: [asa] The empirical basis of knowledge

  Glenn wrote:
  With malice toward none, with charity for all. That is a semantic example of a tautology. But can one really say that he KNOWS that? I would need observation to know if Mr. Lincoln really was a person with malic toward none, with charity for all.

  Sorry, Glenn, this quotation is not a tautology. In face, it does not represent a statement, and so cannot be true, a requirement for a tautology. A proper example is "All men are mortal," which springs from the traditional definition. "Some men have red hair," while true, is not a tautology.

  PS My surname is not spelled with an "a"

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