By Roy Abraham Varghese
Drawing on a various diversity of perspectives from key names, this leading edge and hard e-book offers cogent solutions through many of the maximum thinkers of the 20 th century to 15 of the main enduring questions posed by way of humanity.
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JOSEF SEIFERT It is perhaps too much to assert that it is commonly believed today that what we call truth is simply a product of perspective or genetics or cultural environment. But it is true that skepticism and relativism in countless forms are very much prevalent today. The relativist who says that truth is relative contradicts himself, however, because, in so saying, he claims truth for this very judgment. Thus he claims that it is actually so that truth is relative. Hence, he claims that his own position is true because it is adequate to reality.
For example, truths such as that colors are necessarily extended, that motion necessarily presupposes time, that to respect the rights of other persons is necessarily good, while to disrespect them, to murder or to rape others, is not only an evil such as pain, but a moral evil – all these and innumerable other universal truths about the essences of things are supremely intelligible to the human mind. The same applies also to the laws of logic. This immediate access to evident truths (however difficult and arduous the path that leads to evident truth might be) is another and more profound refutation of relativism than the understanding of its internal contradiction.
23 In approaching the Great Questions, then, we are concerned not so much with giving arguments as with drawing attention to what is obvious in our immediate experience, for it is here that we find the Ultimate Answers. Roy Abraham Varghese NOTES 1. Richard Rorty, “Pragmatism and Philosophy,” in After Philosophy ed. Kenneth Baynes, James Bohman and Thomas McCarthy (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1987), p. 28. 2. Richard Rorty, “Science as Solidarity,” in Dismantling Truth ed. Hilary Lawson and Lisa Appignanesi (New York: St.