RE: MD Making sense of it (levels)

From: Matt the Enraged Endorphin (
Date: Mon Feb 03 2003 - 18:29:06 GMT

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    Platt said:
    could you tell us again what's at the
    top of the ladders you keep climbing and discarding, what's on the
    islands you jump on and off of, why you keep changing and how you
    determine when one ladder or island is "better" than another?

    The answer for Rorty is the same as it is for Pirsig: we don't really know
    except for something vague like, "betterness." This is a point of easy
    commensurability between Rorty and Pirsig as far as I can see.

    Platt said:
    do you view
    the pragmatist line as providing a temporary foothold on a static pattern
    ladder that will eventually be discarded?

    Do you mean is pragmatist philosophy a stepping stone to something else?
    Well sure. Just as Platonic inquiry had its time and place, so will
    pragmatist philosophy. I have no idea what nonPlatonic, nonpragmatist
    philosophy would look like, but I'm sure someday a genius will come along,
    hold the past in thought (as Hegel said), and decide that there is a better
    way to do things. If I had an alternative to spell out less vaguely, then
    I might be that genius. But I'm no genius. I think we still need to
    follow through on the pragmatist arc.


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