RE: MD NAZIs and Pragmatism

From: David Buchanan (
Date: Sun Feb 09 2003 - 01:01:30 GMT

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    Matt said:
    Rorty suggests that philosophers like Plato, Kant, and Pirsig are trying to
    hold reality and justice in a single vision, are trying to find out where in
    reality it says that certain things are wrong and certain things right.
    Rorty suggests that we keep these visions separate. This is how the
    public/private split cashes out philosophically.

    DMB says:
    I can't help but think this is a conclusion that only comes after traveling
    a long road. Asserted out of context its hard to tell what it means. Its
    like being given the solution to a problem without knowing what the problem
    is, if you know what I mean. Hold reality and justice in a single vision?
    How can it be that justice is seperate from reality? This is possibly the
    most artifical and impossible distinction I've ever heard. If we don't look
    to reality to find out what is right and what is wrong, where can we look?
    If we split our public selves from our private selves, doesn't that just
    make us two-faced, duplicitous and thereby fundamentally dishonest? Don't
    get me wrong. I think the seperation of church and state is a very important
    intellectual principle, but this is about protecting the freedom of thought,
    not the disintegration of it.


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