–Bilde: Plato, Veronese (1560)–
Plato thought that the truth could place practical demands on us: if you really care about truth, then you ought to go live the philosophical life and contemplate the Forms. Nowadays it’s hard to agree with Plato on this, but still easy to think that the truth is worth caring about, and that there are right and wrong ways to do so. So, what’s the right way to care about the truth? U…nfortunately, obvious answers like “don’t lie” and “try to have true beliefs” turn out not to be helpful. Instead, I’ll argue, the right way to care about the truth is to engage in conversation in which we give and ask for reasons for our beliefs. But I’ll also show that attempts to ground this claim in epistemological considerations concerning the nature of truth, belief, or assertion all fail. So why is reasoned conversation the right way to care about the truth? I’ll suggest that the answer is political: the practical demands that we understand truth to make on us ultimately flow from a commitment to some of the central values of political liberalism. Conversation is the right way to care about the truth precisely because cooperation is the right way to care about each other.
Tid: 3. mai 2013, kl. 18.15-20
Sted: Seminarrom 219, Georg Morgenstiernes hus
Tittel: What’s the Right Way to Care about the Truth?
Foredragsholder: Phil Chodrow, ???