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There is little question that this argument (sect. #5.1.7) supports the JoPP thesis. This is so because our talk about texts often makes use of jottings. We categorize entire novels (and entire works of philosophy, poetry, etc.) by single words. (E.g., ``Flaubert's Sentimental Education marks a high-point in literary realism." Or: ``Smith's book, while published in 1994, is fundamentally Cartesian.") We---and here our behavior is in line with the AI incarnation of JoPP---talk about the underlying propositions and arguments advanced by an author, about certain truths present in a given text, and so on.

Selmer Bringsjord
Tue Apr 2 13:34:44 EST 1996