Re: MD Irrationality

From: Matt the Enraged Endorphin (
Date: Mon Sep 16 2002 - 23:59:15 BST

Squonk, Matt B, Erin,

These two pieces from Squonk I like:

> The term irrational is used pejoratively to inflate the status of rational
> methodology?

> May i also add, that rational methodology does not necessarily imply
> subject/object division? If one divides along lines of value, one still
> divides but one may be said to be using better method?

The first parrallels the historicist, pragmatist, Rortyan line I've been
talking about with Platt in the "Food for thought" thread. While the
pragmatist might save irrational as a term, the pragmatist would also describe
rational and irrational as compliments paid to things your like and dislike,

The second parrallels the compliment bit in the fact that a historicized
definition of rational changes over time and culture, so while our culture may
view rationality as implying a subject/object division, others might not.


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