Originally Posted by stephanie
. . . Sulla's comment to which miceelf objected seemed to me to be trying to sidestep this by assuming as a given that all agreed that we were talking about a philosophical person, a child. . . .
I would read the statement not to assert that we are talking about something we all regard as a philosophical person, but to assert that we are talking about something we all understand the speaker to regard as a philosophical person. In my experience, assuming otherwise leads to discussion that is especially
unproductive, even for the subject.