[MD] truth, again

david buchanan dmbuchanan at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 3 18:45:04 PST 2012

Marsha said:
In my humble opinion, American Pragmatism can be made better by replacing 'truth' with inorganic, biological, social and intellectual static patterns of value.  

At the same time, Marsha quoted evidence directly contradicting her "humble opinion":

"The value that holds a glass of water together is an inorganic pattern of value. The value that holds a nation together is a social pattern of value. They are completely different from each other because they are at different evolutionary levels. And they are completely different from the biological pattern that can cause the most sceptical of intellectuals to leap from a hot stove. These patterns have nothing in common except the historic evolutionary process that created all of them."  (LILA', Chapter 12)

dmb says:
The levels are not only different, sometimes they even conflict with each other. This is the core concept behind the MOQ's moral hierarchy.
Just as health is a biological good, fame and fortune are social goods, truth is an intellectual species of the good. Truth can't be replaced by sex or money, obviously. That's too goofy to merit any further dispute.


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