Assuming that the transparency of the mind is not merely an otiose and decadent luxury, a device for self-absorbed wallowing, but that it has evolutionary value, knowledge of contents independent of attitudes is of no interest.
Certainly any facility with writing seems to be considered otiose .
I think making a distinction between modern and pre-modern war is irrelevant and otiose here by the way.
But in the hospital case such a purpose is otiose .
I agree with her submission that his construction would render paragraph 3 in practice otiose .
Many philosophers, especially those of the analytic and postanalytic traditions, reject the assumptions required by these approaches as empirically baseless and theoretically otiose .
Let's remember, though, that he forced himself onto the podium and proceeded to galvanise the orchestra into a rehearsal of Mahler's 5th that rendered all thoughts of his weakness otiose .
My view of addiction is that once you have acknowledged it, once you have seen it within yourself, then such debates become otiose .
Second, if this narrow interpretation is right, section 36 seems otiose .
He paid deference to the country's ceremonial presidency and even to its largely otiose Vice-Presidency; he never let the public forget that these notables outranked him in protocol terms.