Wednesday, September 19, 2007

For Discussion: Is there Wisdom?

Brian's recent post at The Truth Cave has precipitated a great dialogue, and I'm struck by the "simplicity" of the prompt. My post below on Captain Ahab makes a woeful contrast, I'm afraid.

So instead, I'm attempting to mimic Brian's success with this -- for discussion:

Is there wisdom?


Wishydig said...

Is either claim--yes or no--falsifiable?

Is it a moot point if it isn't falsifiable?

Is it an interesting question if it's not a moot point?

Casey said...

Perhaps it's only interesting if it's a moot point?

Is the claim that "Beauty is Truth" falsifiable?

These kinds of questions seem to me to be more about definitions than they are about propositional logic--the question of Beauty and Truth is effectively a conversation about the definitions of B. and T.

Maybe if I had asked: Is there revelation?

Casey said...

(Ever read Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico Philosophicus or Karl Popper's The Logic of Scientific Discovery? Everything in those is falsifiable, but...)