A reader sent me the following quotation from Peter Kreeft’s Socratic Logic, 3rd ed., p. 36, n. 1:
“The use of the traditional inclusive generic pronoun “he” is a decision of language, not of gender justice.
Changing “he” to “he or she” refutes itself in such comically clumsy and ugly revisions as the following:
“What does it profit a man or woman if he or she gains the whole world but loses his or her own soul? Or what shall a man or woman give in exchange for his or her soul?”
The answer is: he or she will give up his or her linguistic sanity.”
Kreeft, P. cited in Vallicella, B. (2015). Peter Kreeft on the Gender-Neutral Use of ‘He’. Maverick Philosopher. Available http://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/maverick_philosopher/2015/05/peter-kreeft-on-the-gender-neutral-use-of-he.html. Last accessed 20th Jun 2015.