Now now - let's not get carried away. You can't go about attributing the
invention of the question 'What is good?' to particular individuals (even if
they are called 'Plato'). That would be silly.
Except that lots of scholars say that the 'what is ....?' question is
something Socratic. In that it is charcteristic of his way of doing
philosophy, I agree. If it is claimed as a Socratic invention, I disagree.
(Bach did not invent the fugue).
And I don't think you can call it an 'epigraph' exactly. It's a question.
I don't know which bits of Plato's work Pirsig might have been thinking of,
except (I hope) all of them, but Marco may be on to something when he draws
our attention to Plato's thinking about the Good in Art. RMP started as a
Rhetoric teacher after all.
I particulary recommend Iris Murdoch's book "Metaphysics as a Guide to
Morals" for anyone who wants to pursue this Platonic line of inquiry
p.s. so many people joining and rejoining this list at the moment that I
can't keep track! Hello hello hello! ("what's all this then?")
> From: Mark Brawner <email@example.com>
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> Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 16:18:48 -0700 (PDT)
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> Subject: MD Source of ZMM epigraph?
> What is the source of ZMM's epigraph - presumably from
> a Platonic dialogue:
> "And what is good, Phaedrus..." ?
> Book and line number would be appreciated.
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