Monday, October 11, 2010

Martin asks...

I respect Martin for challenging ones intelligence.  He asked on a forum:  Let’s think about the persuasion of postmodernity in the presence of conflicting world views in SE Alabama. I’ve studied the philosophical views of Alasdair MacIntyre for over 20 years. A quote from his book “After Virtue” may be helpful. “My argument was thus to the effect that emotivism informs a great deal of contemporary moral utterance and practice and more specifically that the central characters of modern society – in the special sense which I assigned to the word character- embody such emotivist modes in their behavior . These characters, It will be recalled, are the aesthete, the therapist and the manager, the bureaucratic expert. The historical discussion of those developments which made the victories of emotivism possible has now reveled something else about these specifically modern characters, namely the extent to which they trade and cannot escape trading in moral fiction. But how far does the range of moral fiction extend beyond those of rights and utility? And who is going to be deceived by them?” (After Virtue, page 73)

My answer: 
The challenge to your conceit lies in the first sentence with the persuasion of post-modernity in this region.  Please give an example. The successful socio-political landscape, to me, is cultivated by the strictest of traditionalists, never sowing a seed of disharmony among the majority.  This region is steeped in tradition with the aesthete character being most likely to influence/emotivate popular opinion contrary to modernist views. Sadly, the aesthete overpowers the intellectual, not even listed as a character.  Why?  Power of persuasion, views contrary to popular opinion, and something that surely has been studied by now but I will call ease of information.  I was discussing with Mitchell (son) the other night the multitude of information available, but it’s quantity over quality. 

As far as the moral fiction affecting rights and utility, I see the fiction as presented by the therapist (modern day bloggers), post-internet, as a major concern.  Information is consumed and reprocessed, without validation or fact from bloggers at a rate unseen before, influencing the masses with more traditionalist views, giving post-modernity little grasp on which to succeed.


  1. I have absolutely no idea what, exaxtly, was the question.

    First off, Martin asks about conflicting world views within Southeast Alabama. I think that it is quite a stretch to assume that a small region within a state can even have world views, let alone conflicting world views. World views are normally those norms considered by entire societies or countries.

    As for emotivism. I do not subscibe to such hurrah/boo theories. I thing that modern theology utilized in the rhetoric of postmodern society as to how it might apply to emotivism limited to the conflicting world views of people within a region of a state is simply moving theological rhetoric into an infantismally small and limiting forum.

    Of course all theological thinking can be at the individual level, the universal level, or anywhere in between. I think that the original question was more than likely meant to be a discussion of social norms and beliefs as they apply to postmodern emotivism. Theological rhetoric normally applies to a much broader sense within humanity, and normally does not include a religious slant, rather, a moral slant without religious implementation.

    But what do I know. I'm still trying to figure out what the question was.

  2. I got it wrong too. The answer is 17.

  3. I was hoping you noticed that I put a bunch mispellings in on purpose. Ok, maybe they weren't all on purpose. Well, only the first one for "exactly" was on purpose.

    My second guess for the answer was going to be "C."