The Variegated Texture of Truth

Jeremy Barris

in The Crane's Walk

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229130
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235674 | DOI:
The Variegated Texture of               Truth

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The fifth idea basic to Plato concerns the nature of truth as a whole, truth considered in general. If one takes into account the truth of truth itself, the self-incompatibility and self-externality of truth emerge. However, a consideration of truth in general must include the truth of truth itself, since truth is one of the “things” that has a truth. Consequently, any statement or thought about truth in general must be self-incompatible and/or self-external. That is, it must contain statements or thoughts that are mutually opposed and/or mutually irrelevant. In other words, the unity of the world must sometimes be truly described. Non-rational sources do not give truth itself. However, because they give a dimension of the source of truth, of its conditions of possibility, they are more fundamental to truth than the rationality that does give truth or falsehood.

Keywords: Plato; truth; unity; world; possibility; rationality; falsehood

Chapter.  4861 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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