Chapter

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229130.003.0009
The Risk of Rigorous Thought

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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

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