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Author Topic: N: truth always related to some goal  (Read 634 times)

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« on: 27/07/09 @ 14:27 »

You write in your book that for N truth is always related to some goal, related back to the individual and the will to power.

This might be a trivial point or objection, but how could this apply to "mundane" kinds of truths, things we might agree on as matters of fact, or even as indisputable, such as "it is true that N was born in Rocken" or that i did or didn't eat breakfast this morning? How do these relate to a will to power or to a goal?

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« Reply #1 on: 30/07/09 @ 08:14 »

Well, the more mundane the truth, the more fundamental the 'goal' that leads us to see the world in that way. For instance, 'N was born in Rocken'. Now it might sound silly and weird (and it is!), but why should we name individuals? Why should we give places a name and a discrete area of reference? Why doesn't Rocken change its area of reference with relation to (for example) the weather? If N got married, why don't we refer to the two individuals as the same entity?

These are 'odd' questions to us because the notions that are being questioned are so fundamental to our seeing the world in terms of (for instance) geographical areas with uniform points of reference. And so with people - N is a person with definite features. However, as 'sci-fi' type examples can show us, there are situations which would undermine the assumptions that these 'matters of fact' exist separately from us 'in the world'. I don't mean that Rocken will always exist, or that we could never rename it or tinker with the town's boundaries, but rather that our notions of identity, uniformity, change, etc. are not so inviolable as we might like to think. I think this was N's ultimate point: even our ideas of something as simple as 'thing' or 'object' are a construct of some sort. And if something has been constructed, then surely there is a sense in which it could have been some other way? Perhaps, if we ever meet 'Martians', they will have completely different notions of identity, object, and individuality to our own (think of the mere possibilities that quantum physics suggests - e.g. things being in two places at once, or affecting each other at a distance, etc.).

Does that make sense?

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