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Posted by Christine on July 14, 2003


Could anyone help me with the brcketed sentences?

Commonsensical beliefs, far from fixed or immobile, are in a constant state of renewal: ('new ideas' are always entering daily life and encountering the 'sedimentation' left by the contradictiory, ambiguous, chaotic aggregate of disparate conceptions. In critiquing what passes for common sense as 'the residue of absolutely basic and commonly-agreed, consensual wisdoms), you can't learn, through common sense, how things are: you can only discover where they fit into the existing scheme of things.

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