On 1/11/2019 2:36 PM, Philip Thrift wrote:
Of course there are math professors (Dr. Z at Rutgers) who teach on
the evils of Platonism. And "Truth" is like God, as Rorty said.
That is a good summary of Plato. Hirsschberger sum up Plato by saying
that the God of Plato is Truth. Not the one we make public, but the
one we search.
Now, all my life I have got the feeling that Plato is dismissed, and
badly seen, notably in opposition to Aristotle. But Aristotle did not
understood Plato, except in a curious passage of the “metaphysics”
where he seems to suddenly got the point, and seems to come back to
Plato without saying (but that is an optimistic reading of Aristotle’s
metaphysics, To be sure I found some scholars who saw that too, like
That "truth is God" makes sense for a computationalist, because
“truth” when encompassing the description of a machine at its correct
substitution level, is no more definable by that machine. Yes, Truth,
and semantics, is very much like the platonician notion of God. You
force me to agree with Rorty on this!
At the same time Rorty said,"Truth is like God" he was a "strict
atheist". He was also a pragmatist, meaning he thought the measure of
truth was solely whether it worked. So I'd gather that Rorty didn't
think that "truth" was very useful idea; which is confirmed by him being
called an "ironist" by his friends.
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