Re: MD Rorty - Quality.

From: Matt the Enraged Endorphin (
Date: Fri Sep 20 2002 - 01:35:23 BST


> Hi Matt,
> How would Rorty define Quality?

> Is Rorty Quality?

How about we stick to this first one, rather then your second one ;-)

Um, this is a tough one. If you're trying to point out the fact that Rorty
isn't a Pirsigian, you got me. He isn't. He probably would define quality.
But notice, I say quality and not Quality. "q"ualities are simple properties
of objects that even exist in MoQian terminology. Quality is something
different. It is Reality.

I'm not going to try and press this point, but I'll say this: while Rorty may
not find much in Pirsig (which is about what he said in a short e-mail to
3dwavedave) that's his problem, not ours. He would, however, protect our
individual, private right towards self-perfection, be it religion or philosophy
or something in between. Our final vocabulary is our own; our route towards
self-perfection is our own.

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