Sunday, December 9, 2007

Sine Qua Non

Latin: "without which it could not be."

I wish to thank Monsignor Wright for bringing this phrase to my attention this morning, in the Mass of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Pirsig defines "Quality" much along the lines of a sine qua non - that without which life as we know it could not be. We will explore further ramifications of the roots, derivations, and meanings of Quality in successive posts on this blog.

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