Charles Kingsley’s The Water Babies (1863) includes a character named Mrs Do-As-You-Would-Be-Done-By (and another, Mrs Be-Done-By-As-You-Did).
Philosophy is a game with objectives and no rules.
Mathematics is a game with rules and no objectives.
Power is a game with no rules only Interests
Love is a game of an unconditional Golden Rule.
Facts are the components of truth and they are evinced from evidence, I was once asked to entertain the notion of political Facts. and had this to say.
‘‘I could follow your argument more readily were you to define such items as Political Truths. Facts are not dependent upon belief or interpretation once they have come to pass, the Truth however of an interpretation of events that results in the fact is rather different especially if you wish to argue that if action a, had been taken instead of action b, then the result, fact c, would have been less. The Isis example I can see how the motivation is political or by some other argument Religious or financial once done the killing is a fact. The motivation could be many things or a combination of many things. Its an interesting choice of words. I like my Facts to be empirical stand alone no nonsense measured certainties. If you are using the term Political Fact as a state of art or convention from some discipline or other I would very much like to study the accepted formal usage set out in its agreed form, do you have that?’’
On Facts on wisdom
and on knowledge Kerry’s Aphorism borrowed from John Adams and Senator Patrick Moynihan, was stated thus
´´So let’s just review the bidding a bit. I was privileged to serve in the United States Senate with a fellow who spent a lot of time here. He was the ambassador to the United Nations, Daniel Patrick Moynihan. And he would famously remind us that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts. And as President John Adams once said, facts are stubborn things.´´
Indeed stubborn things, as mule like as compliant consuls are Horse like. And as
the little boy declared in the old fairy tale, where are the emperors clothes?
He is surely not clothed in truth, woven from threads of facts and tended with
wisdom and care.
The Mad Philosopher
The flabby wine-skin of his brain
Yields to some pathologic strain,
And voids from its unstored abysm
The driblet of an aphorism.
In Closing Philosophy is a love of truth, Literally! So I give you two quotes to contrast with Caligula’s Aphorism.
“I constantly sought knowledge and truth, and it became my belief that for gaining access to the effulgence and closeness to God, there is no better way than that of searching for truth and knowledge.” Ibn al-Haytham
CHARLES SANDERS PEIRCE: ‘‘In order to reason well …. it is absolutely necessary to possess … such virtues as intellectual honesty and sincerity and a real love of truth (2.82). The cause [of the success of scientific inquirers] has been that the motive which has carried them to the laboratory and the field has been a craving to know how things really were … (1-34). [Genuine inquiry consists I in diligent inquiry into truth for truth’s sake (1.44), … in actually drawing the bow upon truth with intentness in the eye, with energy in the arm (1.235). [When] it is no longer the reasoning which determines what the conclusion shall be, but … the conclusion which determines what the reasoning shall be … this is sham reasoning…. The effect of this shamming is that men come to look upon reasoning as mainly decorative…’’.from We Pragmatists
Posted 23rd September 2016 by Roger Lewis