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(17) Something is good just in case it would be fitting to take an approbative attitude towards it, i.e., ([for all]x)(Gx [equivalent to] Ax)
(20) Ambivalence is sometimes fitting; in other words, some things are such that it would be fitting to take both an approbative and a disapprobative attitude towards them, i.e., ([there exists]x)(Ax [conjunction] Dx)
"Natural" most often functions as an approbative and indefinable adjective; it is a superficially impressive way of saying, "This is good, I approve." Without some argument as to why something is "natural" and "good" or "unnatural" or "bad," all we have is noise.
Possibly, of course, Cicero does not use divina in these passages to mean "divine" in a strict sense but only as a strong approbative - "excellent" or "wondrous." In that case, however, they offer no evidence at all that the lot was perceived as indicative of the gods' will.
The contemporary self-analysis of organizational inquiry in terms of competing, incommensurable paradigms suggests a return to a situation not unlike turn-of-the-century German science, except this time the camps call themselves (or each other) 'functionalist', 'empiricist', 'naturalist', 'interpretivist', 'humanist', 'structuralist', etc., with various approbative and pejorative nuances attached to these terms (cf.
While her early Revolution in Poetic Language takes an approbative, down-with-society type of stance that may seem inappropriately anarchistic to Americans approaching an uncertain twenty-first century, the ideas contained within Revolution in Poetic Language nevertheless seem highly relevant to movements in Faulkner's novel.