Complete Denial

Excerpted from the article Hegel and the history of human nature by Jon Stewart:

This development has now culminated with a complete denial of any objective truth or validity. When this view establishes itself, people feel that they are at liberty to make up their own fiction and assert it as reality, even if their fictional version stands in stark contradiction to objectively verifiable facts, established law, accepted custom or self-evident ethical principles. Any objective evidence that seems to be in conflict with their views they reject as an infringement on their rights as an individual.

For many people, this is a disturbing tendency in our modern world since it eliminates all sense of personal responsibility or culpability. Even the most heinous behaviour or action can always be justified with an appeal to the truth of the individual. While no one has any interest in undermining individuality, there is a growing sense that we need to find some way to recover the idea of objectivity and external truth. Only in this way will it be possible to overcome alienation, restore meaningful political debate, and create the conditions for the individual to flourish in a wider community.

You can read the whole article at Aeon, HERE.

Articles on philosophy can be dry and difficult, but this one is surprisingly accessible.  The author uses simple analogies that we’re all familiar with and avoids esoteric terminology.  It’s very well written, and I really hope you’ll take the time to give this one a try.

1 Comment

  1. It was a very informative article..I read the whole thing..thank you for sharing; it sure made me think. After you read this, you really question what you REALLY believe

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