Dave's Bakhtin response (carry over from class)
I don't want to cut and past my Bakhtin response into this field because 1) it was in word and will end up in WordML on here and 2) it has a couple tables in it and will probably come out wrong. So, begin from the paper copies you all have or check out a pdf I put in my personal university space: http://tc.umn.edu/~kmiec004/ResponseWeek1.pdf
As you remember, I'm sure, I talked mostly in class last night about my disappointment with people who challenge structuralist by oversimplifying the systematic positions they take. Those of you who know me, also, know that my undergraduate exposure to physical science makes me think that the resources of probability, computational mathematics, and more abstract algebras and calculii (is that the plural?) make a modern reinterpretation of some discredited structural opinions at least worthy of argument.
Anyway, my response isn't really about that. It's about expanding my model to allow for B. and about two of the several problems I have with his assertion.