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!