RE: MD NAZIs and Pragmatism

From: Kevin (
Date: Tue Feb 11 2003 - 00:05:31 GMT

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    You keep harping on Rorty's choice of "BEST rebuttal" all the while
    ignoring the question to which he is supplying a rebuttal.

    The question presented to him is that a Literary Culture would be
    decadent. Rorty says he thinks that is easily refuted by Wilde, Mill and
    Rawls. He chooses Wilde's essay as the "BEST rebuttal", but the
    implications is clear from the context that any of the 3 essays (which
    all support differing views of political/economic society) successfully
    refutes the idea that the ONLY means of creating a noble society is to
    find the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.

    The question at hand is about the necessity of moral foundations for
    building a society, not "what is the best possible society"?

    Even so, I think Rorty's view on best possible society is pretty clear.
    It's one that allows each person to persue their interests without
    infringing on another's right to do the same. He states that over and
    over and over.

    Does this describe USSR, China, Cuba or any of the other Totalitarian
    states you claim that Rorty is advocating?

    Is it even necessary to point out the drastic and fundamental
    differences between the kind of Utopia described in Wilde's essay with
    any of those states?

    Rather, I think your irrational spasms of partisan reflexology blind you
    to the point being made. Pirsig isn't afraid to say nice things about
    Socialism as a theory when it suits his purposes, but I wouldn't mistake
    him for a Marxist.

    I strongly recommend the Rorty essay to everyone here. It's a very
    interesting piece to say the least. Besides, anything that has our Platt
    so very fired up has got to be worth a quick read, no?

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