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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 02:50 PM
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3. H.L. Mencken had it pegged a long time ago.
The accumulated body of philosophical speculation is hopelessly self-contradictory. It is not a system at all, but simply a quarreling congeries of systems. The thing that makes philosophers respected is not actually their profundity, but simply their obscurity. They translate vague and dubious ideas into high-sounding words, and their dupes assume, as they assume themselves, that the resulting obfuscation is a contribution to knowledge.

Oh I understand the beauty of envisioning these "grids" by which we all experience life, but the reality of the situation is that we don't have the luxury of always living on our own grid. If your grid says that children can be sexual partners, there's an issue when your grid comes up against their grids - or mine. It won't be much of a defense in court to say, "But your honor, can't you see that capital-T Truth isn't beholden to any one grid?"
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