By Richard M. Rorty, Kent Puckett
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Some people have no public consciousness. This is the case of the sociopath; he simply doesn’t think that there are any moral subjects out there. There are also a lot of other solitaries: hermetic poets who don’t care if they have an audience. At the other extreme, there are people who have a minimal inner life. Their happiness consists entirely of being the soccer coach, or being the pater familias, or being chair of the Rotary Club. My public/private distinction wasn’t an explanation of what every human life is like.
They needn’t cross. Metaphysics was the place where they crossed, and so much the worse for metaphysics. It’s essentially the same argument as in Contingency: we contain copresent but distinct sets of equally coherent sets of desires. These may not always be able to be made coherent with one another, but they may not be any the worse for that. Plato was wrong: you don’t have to get everything to get together. Q: And what would you say to criticisms that your ironism means a kind of sneering-at earnest liberals who don’t want to acknowledge the contingency of their own values?
If such rules became a custom among the private universities, it would probably spread. ” I’d like the universities to be a moral example. They’d be more of a moral example if they fixed it so that janitors with 20 years experience didn’t get paid less than assistant professors, then if they doubled the pay for TAs. Q: Let’s return for a moment to the stigma vs. money question, because this seems to be an important point in Achieving Our Country. The first obvious question is, can you imagine talking about both at the same time?