Re: MF Discussion Topic for March 2005

From: Sam Norton (
Date: Mon Mar 07 2005 - 14:54:44 GMT

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    The original question was:

    "In the MOQ feeling corresponds to biological quality." (Pirsig in the
    Copleston annotations). I'd like to suggest we spend a bit of time trying to
    work out what "feeling" is, as referred to here, whether it's the same as
    "sensation" or "emotion", and if so, whether this analysis stands up to
    scrutiny in the light of contemporary understandings in the philosophy of
    mind and neuroscience.

    There seems to be a fair amount of consensus that Pirsig's comment is fine
    as long as a) feeling is distinguished from emotion, and b) it is
    distinguished from the 'pure experience' or DQ which is how the primary
    reality is accessed. If either of those two points are obscured then we run
    into difficulties. Does anyone disagree with that?


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