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But now, once again, if we can ascertain work-meaning independently of artistic intentions, then these intentions are surplus or otiose and not needed to know work-meaning.
Indeed, many moderns might want to say that these developments have rendered Butler's speculations otiose.
Some soft determinists assert that, had prior contingent conditions (volitions, say) been otherwise, the agent could have done otherwise; hard determinists insist that conditions are never otherwise, thus that the alleged ability is otiose.
Effectively beaten at their own game, since the man in the White House hadn't stopped being a movie star--as his biographer Lou Cannon put it, he'd landed the role of a lifetime--Hollywood liberals felt newly otiose, and so did the liberal audience.
Her book was originally titled A Miner's Wife, an otiose description since King Arthur took his crown elsewhere.
It follows that David McQuoid-Mason's fascinating and indeed erudite discussion about the relevance of the Limitation Clause in the Constitution and about comparisons with English law, and indeed section 10(c) of the Principal Act, all become otiose.
And a Victims' Commissioner would be otiose if judges' hands were not tied behind their back by the Sentencing Guidelines Council, which is seemingly hell-bent on not jailing anyone.
Because neither is either, the statement, though otiose to some, is a necessary drumbeat.
The National Native Title Tribunal also merits particular criticism from Ritter, in that it is not a tribunal at all, and its primary function of mediation is either otiose, poorly conducted or has as its primary function the maintaining of the NNTT as a discrete party to the process.
Were it so, one may ask, where was the need for Article 239 which on this view with its various clauses will be rendered otiose.
In his Familiares he gives further insight into the persona he gradually continues to create: the Petrarca--or the idealized humanist--of the Familiares is a traveler, a friend of Rome, a lover of antiquity, a hater of scholasticism and Avignon; he is in essence a writer, a poet, and he is magnificently sustained in this otiose occupation by a devoted patron; although often on the move and somewhat beholden to worldly affairs, he prefers to lead a solitary and contemplative life.
Michon is a very canny and subtle writer; it is thus reasonable to assume that the multiple ironies which circulate in this novel are not merely otiose, but are intended to signify in some manner.