You Don’t Have To Be A Platonist To Believe In Truth (And Fight Fascism!)

I want to share an image I found online:

I like this quote. I like the image.

Many people have noted that the break down of our sense of truth is a red flag that could lead to fascism in the United States.

Believing in truth is one good way to fight fascism. I still believe in truth. I hope you do, too.

However, some people have cleaved to a Platonic sense of Truth these days when they defend truth. You don’t have to become a Platonist in order to cleave to truth.

Truth is not my specialty when it comes to philosophy. I know vaguely of various theories of truth, but what I do know more about and what rings true to me is Wittgenstein’s comments on the word ‘know’.

Wittgenstein was, mostly, a philosopher of language. That’s what he’s known for, anyway. He is responsible for the linguistic turn in philosophy a few decades ago. He was noted for his ideas on The Cogito (I think, therefore I am), situating the word ‘know’ in the context of language and using it in the ordinary sense.

It can be argued that ‘truth’ is being equivocated on. There’s Truth (capital ‘T’) in the Platonic sense and then there’s truth (lower case ‘t’) in the ordinary sense.

What fascism tends to do is break down everything–every sense of truth. Even the ordinary sense. The response to this should be to keep on believing in the ordinary sense of truth–no matter how hard people try to break it down.

Some folks, however, have responded to the threat of fascism by equivocating on truth–switching to the stronger, Platonic sense, rather than sticking with the ordinary.

I believe in truth. I’m not a Platonist and never have been. That’s one way I try to fight fascism. I hope you’ll join me in believing in truth.

Author: Jennifer Lawson

Philosopher. That is all.

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