Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Friday, October 11, 2013

From Habermas to Cervantes

Habermas says that metaphysics is dead, epistemology is on life support, what really matters is epistemology. The philosophy of knowledge can only be pursued as the philosophy of communication. If I convince myself of a truth, and most do not agree with me, of what use is such a truth? Human reality has ineluctable elements, but it also has a huge socially constructed portion. How can we sort out the variety of claims -- of truth per se, or other kinds of validity -- and once have put them in appropriate buckets, how can we evaluate them? And how do we talk with each other about all of this?

I think these are indeed the pressing questions right now. With powerful people inhabiting inconsistent realities, we need to do better than just dismiss those wackos, or murder them, or whatever. We must figure out how to talk with each other. You go, Jurgen!


Daniel Efosa Uyi said...

hey nice post meh, I love your style of blogging here. this post reminds me of an equally interesting post that I read some time ago on Daniel Uyi's blog: How To Convince A Girl .
keep up the good work friend. I will be back to read more of your posts.


roger said...

"If I convince myself of a truth, and most do not agree with me, of what use is such a truth?" it might keep you alive, while some of the most die, providing a possible aha moment for their surviving cohort.

it's hard to even want to talk to people who openly declare that their righteousness grants them, nay, requires them to gain power and control by any means.

Cervantes said...

That's true, but Habermas is interested in society and community, not just the individual. He distinguishes communicative action -- aimed at reaching understanding -- from strategic action -- aimed at getting over on people, basically. And that brings us to your last point. Yes, exactly.