From: Sam Norton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Oct 12 2004 - 14:54:21 BST
A brief picking up of the baton.
Matt wrote: "In these general terms, SOM in the wide, Greek-as-target sense
is synonymous with
modern philosophy, though I think its ambiguous as to whether Pirsig is
modern or post-modern then
(I think there is evidence for both). On the other hand, SOM in its more
logical-positivist-as-target sense is not synonymous with the specific sense
of Cartesianism because
the logical positivist (and therefore SOM) is already post-Cartesian (though
I wouldn't be surprised
if there remained a few Cartesian remenants in Pirsig)."
That seems a good framing to me. I think two questions arise: one is the
question of the Greeks and
their relationship to SOM (a big question). The second is whether Pirsig is
consistently non-SOM in
his thinking (ie is he still a Cartesian in some places).
Would it be an idea to go to Glenn's weblink and work through his suggested
topic, as I think that
will enable us to move forward on answering the questions above, especially
the second? It's spooky
that he recommended such a similar line of enquiry.
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