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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 1 month ago

How would you amend the following statement? The notion of truth, as expressed by rationality, is ideally... (please read description below)? protected by democracy (namely the freedom to dissent), best propagated by higher education, and best applied by scientific inquiry.


@megalomanic, I agree that science discovers truths (depending on what definition of truth you’re using). I don’t agree about the democracy point. I didn’t say there’s a guarantee of protecting truth, only that there’s a freedom to dissent and thus always access the other side of the argument

2 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    It's mixing together too many disparate ideas.  Democracy is a political system and has very little to do with truth (more to do with freedom).  Democracy can function with or without truth (as we've seen recently).

    The "truth" is simply what is actually there external to human beings and our fuzzy way of experiencing and thinking about things.  Science is a way of discovering truth not an application of it.

    There is also "truth" as in the notion of being honest.  And that is slightly different than the idea of truth as facts.  Words in English can mean more than one thing and "truth" is one of them.  

    So maybe you should work on clarifying what you are actually trying to say instead of just formulating something that sounds cool.

  • j153e
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    One Emendation:  The ideal of truth, as framed by Kantian rationalism, is somewhat protected by Constitutional guarantees of freedom of peaceable assembly, open access to the "public space," and freedom of speech, propagated by genuine education at institutions and by other individuals who discuss and entertain varied arguments, and in physis (atom-based factuality) applied by science.

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