A pro-choice advocate sees abortion as a decision to be made in accordance with the best scientific opinion as to when the beginning of life, as we know it, occurs.
Any idea can be brought into the classroom if the point is to inquire into its structure, history, influence and so forth. But no idea belongs in the classroom if the point of introducing it is to recruit your students for the political agenda it may be thought to imply.
Belief and knowledge are considered to be two different things. But they are not.
Despite the apparent absoluteness of the First Amendment, there are any number of ways of getting around it, ways that are known to any student of law. In general, the strategy is to manipulate the distinction between speech and action which is at bottom a distinction between inconsequential and consequential behavior.
In general, higher education does not know how to speak for its interests. It offers a stance that is defensive, cowardly and likely to be ineffective.
It is always incorrect to assume you can know what someone's moral convictions are based on their philosophical theories.
It is of no help to us that there is an absolute truth of the matter of things because unfortunately, none of us are in a position to say definitively what that is- although we all think that we are.
It may sound paradoxical, but verbal fluency is the product of many hours spent writing about nothing, just as musical fluency is the product of hours spent repeating scales.
Language is not a handmaiden to perception; it is perception; it gives shape to what would otherwise be inert and dead.
No word floats without an anchoring connection within an overall structure.
Opinion-sharing sessions are like junk food: they fill you up with starch and leave you feeling both sated and hungry. A sustained inquiry into the truth of a matter is an almost athletic experience; it may exhaust you, but it also improves you.
People write or speak sentences in order to produce an effect, and the success of a sentence is measured by the degree to which the desired effect has been achieved.
Sentence writers are not copyists; they are selectors.
Sentences can save us. Who could ask for anything more?
The first thing to ask when writing a sentence is 'What am I trying to do?'
The idea- the core idea of humanism- is that the act of reading about great deeds will lead you to imitate them.
The purpose of a good education is to show you that there are three sides to a two-sided story.
This is what language does: organize the world into manageable, and in some sense artificial, units that can then be inhabited and manipulated.
We in universities are not in the democracy business. What we do, when we're doing it, is teach and learn.
What we know of the world comes to us through words, or, to look at it from the other direction, when we write a sentence, we create a world, which is not the world, but the world as is appears within a dimension of assessment.
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