Origins of the "double-truth"

Vidhyanath Rao rao.3 at OSU.EDU
Thu Dec 28 23:07:21 UTC 2000

On Thu, 28 Dec 2000 16:21:25 +0000, Arun Gupta <suvidya at OPTONLINE.NET>

>So, modern physics is either a case of no truth at all, or of multiple

Actually, if you buy either Thomas Kuhn's or Karl Popper's philosophy of
science, science consists of models that attempt to explain (part of) the
perceived phenomeno. So, scientists can't speak of ``Truth''.

Platonism seems to be coming back in fashion, but without answering the old
objections against it. So whether science is a search for truth or not
depends on whom you ask. [But then there may be people, like mathematicians
once described as Platonists on weekdays and Formalists on Sundays, who
talk as if they are Platonists but disclaim it when asked point blank. In
fact, I belong to this group.]

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