Thursday, August 18, 2022

Postmodernism opines that the only truth is that there is no truth.

As a philosopher and cognitive scientist I know that there is no known objective truth, and that humans can only view the world from their personal perspectives. Though not practically workable in the real world, the postmodernist philosophy of knowledge is technically true.

Cycleback, David. Against Illiberalism: A critique of illiberal trends in liberal institutions, with a focus on Unitarian Universalism (p. 37). Center for Artifact Studies. Kindle Edition. 

Is there no truth? 

The postmodern view is that truth is a social construction and asserts that this truth is the only truth. However, there is a post postmodern view that observes that beyond social constructionism there is a truth and reality doesn’t care anything about your beliefs.

A utilitarian might say that truth is what works. Truth is what has consequences. Gravity has consequences if you fall off the cliff in spite of a desire and belief that one can fly.

Evolutionary spirituality teaches that organisms have potential and truth is the actualization of the potential. What form that actualization takes is a manifestation of the potential and while the actualization may look different, it does not change or negate the potential.

In the religious sphere there is the idea of the perennial philosophy which all religions have in common. The facilitation of the development of spiritual potential is the function of religion. This facilitation often fails for a variety of reasons and major one being the post modern idea that there is no truth..

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