The Risk of Rigorous Thought

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 Risk of Rigorous Thought

Show Summary Details


The seventh idea basic to Plato concerns the risk dimension of establishing truth. Because the initial thing to be explained gives the measure for the explaining principles and factors, one can find truth only after encountering the things that need to be explained. However, as pointed out, even to recognize the facts, one must already know something of the truth about them. The standard of that truth, however, is still given by the things it is the truth of, the things people encounter that it explains. As a result, one finds the truth of the thing or issue only after the fact, but one also finds it out only by trying out assumption one already has. That is, one finds it out only by taking risks.

Keywords: Plato; truth; facts; assumption; risks

Chapter.  2058 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Fordham University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.