The idea of everyone having equal rights is inspiring. The problem is the length to which people go in order to achieve equality. I believe Mother Russia had a fairly intense program to create equality for its citizens a couple years ago. He praises the fact that the killers of James Byrd were convicted for murder with special circumstance.
For an hour the philosopher Bernard Williams has been talking about his new book Truth and Truthfulness before a contemplative audience. He's distinguished between Herodotus and Thucydides, saying that only with the latter did history emerge from storytelling to become a truth-telling activity.
He's cited Voltaire's contention that men use language to conceal their thoughts. Then, from the audience, a man puts up his hand.
I was just wondering whether what you're doing now would have been regarded as philosophy in Oxford half a century ago and whether the book has anything to offer the man in the street. I didn't have the breadth of learning.
It's been impurified by science and social science and history. I think it's in a much better shape than it was in the 50s. As for the man in the street, I can't pretend it's an easy read.
Alain de Botton it isn't. All kinds of intellectuals, usually branded post-modernists, now believe that the quest for truth need not be at the heart of their enterprises.
They include Derrida and his acolytes, those swayed by Foucault, historians such as Paige Dubois, who contend that truth is historically bound up with Greek slavery and so its pursuit does nobody any good. Williams calls these people deniers of the values of truth.
The chief denier, though, and the book's primary target, is his former colleague Richard Rorty, the American philosopher, who argues that truth is not only dispensable, but that its pursuit by scientists and historians is a hopeless surrogate for humanity's earlier worship of God.
Rorty agrees with Nietzsche that now God is dead, intellectuals replace him with metaphysical fictions like truth. For Williams, truth and truthfulness are indispensable to us and he tries to show in his book that in any human society truth will be valued, and his twin virtues of truth - sincerity and accuracy - prized.
It can't be because Mrs Harrison is nice and O'Brien has tortured you with rats.
It's because Mrs Harrison's belief is linked with the truth. According to Rorty, it would have been just as bad if O'Brien had made Smith believe something was true by means of torture.
Reviewers of Truth and Truthfulnesspublished last month, have been enthusiastic and none has yet dissented from the book jacket blurb that says Williams is Britain's greatest living philosopher.
Even Rorty, at the end of a long critique for the London Review of Books, writes: Since the death of Isaiah Berlin - with whose work Williams's has many continuities - no philosophy professor in that part of the world has been more deeply, or more deservedly, admired by his peers.
Freddie thought of Bernard as a virtual son, admired him and saw him as his natural successor, which he wasn't really. He was much more interested in moral philosophy, but got caught up in the prevailing linguistic questions.
I think ultimately he saw that the culture was clever but shallow. But at the start he was rather dazzled by it, and by the fact that they saw him as incredibly bright.
I was interested in philosophy before I knew I was. That's to say when I was at school I used to argue with my friends about issues that turned out to be philosophical ones of some kind. I remember some were about art and morality, aesthetic value and moral value, the social purposes of art. We had quite a lot of arguments because I was quite leftwing, and we had political controversies too, with the election of We used to argue about the Soviet Union and Bolshevism.
Williams studied at Chigwell School. So I went to Oxford to study classics and, unlike Cambridge, it had a philosophy component and I became completely transported by it.
At Oxford, the subject was in an intellectual ferment - Ayer's logical positivism had been refuted but its lack of deference to the age-old problems of philosophy was still current.Equality by Maya Angelou.
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