File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2003/bhaskar.0312, message 128


Subject: BHA: Truth and falsity lie in objective reality
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 02:22:02 -0000


Hi Mervyn, all,

 

I agree with much of what you've been re-educating them with, Mervyn.  I
find it hard to take their posts seriously because I don't believe they
believe what they are writing.

 

It is only analytical philosophers (and people who have swallowed their
story) who hold that truth and falsity reside only in language.  The
rest of the world holds that truth and falsity lie in objective reality.
Truth and falsity here are value judgments that people project onto
aspects of objective reality that become manifest.  Language may or may
not be part of this process - the later Wittgenstein held that there
could not be any non-linguistic mental events but I don't see how he can
account for e.g. emotions purely from language.

 

If truth and falsity resided only in language that would surely mean
that truth and falsity resided only in the transitive dimension of
reality.  But then what would be left for the intransitive dimension of
reality?  To me it seems that those on this list who are arguing that
truth and falsity reside only in the transitive dimension of reality
have a lot of explaining to do.  They can't do it.

 

Phil 



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