People need to accept that not all “cliches” are bad. People still like stuff like forbidden love stories, underdogs winning, and the dog biting back. The term cliche is negative, produces an image of all that is trite and boring, but actual cliches can be very good. Storytelling is built on cliches after all.
It’s not the cliche but how it is utilized by the author.
I believe the word being sought here is “trope”.
ok I am flattered
Our prof (who is also kind of being my current advisor) finally sent us the long-promised supplementary material for the class on etymology I am taking.
It turns out to reference, on at least two points, unfinished independent research I have been working on this winter…
A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:
“Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …” and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened” by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead “the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy.
If we had a truly independent and adversarial press in my country, this would be a big news story, but they still haven’t found that plane, so … whaddayagonnado right?
(Finnish korea = “attractive, fancy, decorated”. Laittaa pöytä koreaksi — “to make a table korea" is an idiom meaning "to serve up a feast". Except here the translative case -ksi turns out to be used in the sense of indicating the language used, not the result of an action. Hence, “«table» in Korean”. :b)
So you would deny the personhood of any being that cannot act? Or do you just mean that there currently is no being that is a person and cannot act? Is a person in a coma acting under some ethical principles?
I don’t think external limits on actions have relevance for this? Actions, broadly speaking, are what allows us to draw conclusions on others’ principles, but they’re not themself the principles. If you wanted to read that as a limit set on personhood, what’s being ruled out are entities with “random” or “entirely context-determined” goals…