The Problem Stated The world we live in is observed to be a solid mass of matter.
For an hour the philosopher Bernard Williams has been talking about his new book Truth and Truthfulness before a contemplative audience. He's distinguished between Herodotus and Thucydides, saying that only with the latter did history emerge from storytelling to become a truth-telling activity.
He's cited Voltaire's contention that men use language to conceal their thoughts. Then, from the audience, a man puts up his hand. I was just wondering whether what you're doing now would have been regarded as philosophy in Oxford half a century ago and whether the book has anything to offer the man in the street.
I didn't have the breadth of learning. It's been impurified by science and social science and history. I think it's in a much better shape than it was in the 50s.
As for the man in the street, I can't pretend it's an easy read. Alain de Botton it isn't.
All kinds of intellectuals, usually branded post-modernists, now believe that the quest for truth need not be at the heart of their enterprises. They include Derrida and his acolytes, those swayed by Foucault, historians such as Paige Dubois, who contend that truth is historically bound up with Greek slavery and so its pursuit does nobody any good.
Williams calls these people deniers of the values of truth. The chief denier, though, and the book's primary target, is his former colleague Richard Rorty, the American philosopher, who argues that truth is not only dispensable, but that its pursuit by scientists and historians is a hopeless surrogate for humanity's earlier worship of God.
Rorty agrees with Nietzsche that now God is dead, intellectuals replace him with metaphysical fictions like truth.
For Williams, truth and truthfulness are indispensable to us and he tries to show in his book that in any human society truth will be valued, and his twin virtues of truth - sincerity and accuracy - prized.
It can't be because Mrs Harrison is nice and O'Brien has tortured you with rats. It's because Mrs Harrison's belief is linked with the truth.
According to Rorty, it would have been just as bad if O'Brien had made Smith believe something was true by means of torture. Reviewers of Truth and Truthfulnesspublished last month, have been enthusiastic and none has yet dissented from the book jacket blurb that says Williams is Britain's greatest living philosopher.
Even Rorty, at the end of a long critique for the London Review of Books, writes: Since the death of Isaiah Berlin - with whose work Williams's has many continuities - no philosophy professor in that part of the world has been more deeply, or more deservedly, admired by his peers.
Freddie thought of Bernard as a virtual son, admired him and saw him as his natural successor, which he wasn't really.The Origin of Philosophy: The Attributes of Mythic/ Mythopoeic Thought. The pioneering work on this subject was The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man, An Essay on Speculative Thought in the Ancient Near East by Henri Frankfort, H.A.
Frankfort, John A. Wilson, Thorkild Jacobsen, and William A. Irwin (University of Chicago Press, , -- also once issued by Penguin as Before Philosophy). When the truth comes to us from a reality outside of normal experience (from "above" or outside the observable world in which we live) then that is known as immanent truth.
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The Problem Stated. The world we live in is observed to be a solid mass of matter. Reviewers of Truth and Truthfulness, published last month, have been enthusiastic and none has yet dissented from the book jacket blurb that says Williams is Britain's greatest living philosopher.
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Your sense of limited individuality fades like a mirage that had been blocking the bright sunlight of supreme truth.