(By the way, the post title comes from a quote Feser used to describe the way Vincent Torley’s response read to him.)
Now, I happen to agree with Dr. Feser, but let’s pretend I don’t. That still doesn’t explain why Lydia not only does not actually quote Dr. Feser once but also doesn’t link to him or even mention him in her article, or why she responds entirely to a brief paraphrase she constructed while ignoring the rest of what Dr Feser wrote, much of which contained responses to the very points she was making.
It’s very obvious, if you read Dr. Feser’s posts, that he is the person she is responding to. So why not link to him or mention him? Why not quote him directly and respond to his direct words, including the responses he made to several of her objections?
It’s not like Dr. Feser’s articles are long, or as if he isn’t a clear writer. She really doesn’t have any excuse not to be more thorough, and it’s disappointing.
UPDATE: When I linked to Dr. Feser’s articles, and responded to the points she raised with, you know, the things he actually said in response to her points she got pissy (naturally), said that the post wasn’t going to be about Feser, and updated the original post to tell us “not to mind where” she got the ideas she is paraphrasing.
In other words, we’re not supposed to use the replies the person she is criticizing already gave to her points. And we’re also supposed to accept her paraphrase as accurate despite the fact that the person she is actually paraphrasing made clear, several times, that her paraphrase was not accurate. But we can’t prove that, because we can’t quote or link to the person she is paraphrasing.
Let me go further than before: Lydia is not just being insufficiently thorough. She is being intellectually dishonest. If she means to criticize Dr. Feser, criticize him. It’s bluntly ridiculous to refuse to take on the actual words of the argument she is supposedly rebutting. And because of what? She only wants people to defend her strawman Thomist argument?
No thanks. She wins, I won’t post in that thread any more.