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In a message dated 06/13/2002 11.34.38 AM, [log in to unmask] writes:

>JS Bangs writes:
> > And Rosta sikyal:
> >
> > > > Where did the word "justifiable" come from?  If we elect principles,
> > > > what justification need there be for them?
> > >
> > > It's their justifiability that makes moral and aesthetic principles
> > > and judgements more than a mere matter of taste. If we elect
> > > unjustifiable principles, then judgements based on those principles
> > > inherit that unjustifiability.
> >
> > If I may jump in late with a "Me, too," I wholly agree with what And is
> > saying, both here and in his original post. Although we may never agree
[... ] on
> > a set of aesthetic principles, just as we may not agree on moral
> > principles, it's still better to attempt to formulate and justify
> > aesthetics and morals, instead of simply acquiescing to "anything goes."
> > IMHO.
> >
>How does one justify moral or aesthetic principles other than with
>respect to a set of moral or aesthetic principles?

    IMHO... a rigid, over-defined set of moral and aesthetic principles is
not adaptable enough for survival in this age nor free or creative enough
-AND- none at all is sheer nihilism and/or existentialistic apathy... these
are both extremes.
    So IMMHO some kind of flexible "middle path" 'tween these extremes is
always best :) and even this may fluctuate depending on necessity,
contingency or situation. Or inspiration/creative impulse. Sh*t Happens... go
with the flow ;)
    "Profound but contradictory ideas may exist side by side... Each tells us
something important about where we stand in the universe." - Neil Postman
    Does this make sense - both logically and intuitively 0_o? ;)

Hanuman Zhang {HANoomaan JAHng} /'hanuma~n  dZahN/

~~

Ars imitatur Naturam in sua operatione.
"Art is the imitation of Nature in her manner of operation."

" The most beautiful order is a heap of sweepings piled up at random." ~
Heraclitus, c. 500 BCE

" jinsei to iu mono wa, kinchou na geijyutsu to ieru deshou "
<Japanese> = lit. "one can probably say that 'life' is a precious artform"