Looking at the Wall...
Breakpoint -- What I am NOT saying...
A brief word on what my position does NOT entail:
- I am not saying that reality is CONSTRUCTED by us, our language, or some hybrid of the two. There is a reality that is pre-linguistic (at least to us), invariant, not changed by our 'language' or 'interpretations' of it; When someone was arguing with Neils Bohr oneday that reality was MORE fundamental than language, Bohr replied:
We are suspended in language in such a way that we cannot say what is up and what is down. The word 'reality' is also a word, a word we must learn to use correctly."
From MY perspective, this reality in trapped in the linguistic bubble 'with us' and hence, accessible for use.
- I am not saying that the hermeneutical process is a one-way process--it is manifestly dialogical, with interative correctives in it (but more on this later);
- I am not saying that language is impotent to describe a meaningful level of detail;
- I am not lining up with post-modern views of language as TOTALLY constructive of reality, OR TOTALLY constructed by social/cultural/biological determinants.
- I am not arguing that there is no such thing as 'absolute truth'--merely specifying how precise that truth can be.
- Language and reality are co-extensive, co-terminus, co-ambiguous.
To be continued...
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