Rudy and "The Truth"

As for Rudy's comment the other day that the truth is not the truth, I think he's right in the context of cooperating with the Government. But his explanation is lame .

My statement was not meant as a pontification on moral theology but one referring to the situation where two people make precisely contradictory statements, the classic “he said,she said” puzzle. Sometimes further inquiry can reveal the truth other times it doesn’t.

I think what he really meant was, when you agree to cooperate with the Government, you are obliged to tell the truth. But it's the Government's truth you have to tell, because if your truth differs from the Government's truth, you get nothing. (Just ask Susan McDougal).

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    Otherwise, "truth" is little more than a euphemism for one's own personal opinion.

    as a long-ago college philosophy major (none / 0) (#2)
    by Peter G on Wed Aug 22, 2018 at 05:29:03 PM EST
    all I can say to that claim, DfH, is, "Espistemology." Your view of "truth" is your opinion. Most people think there is objective truth about events in the physical world, which a person can "know" and assert without any evidence other than personal observation and/or participation in the event, giving rise to accurate memory.

    Sorry about typo (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Peter G on Wed Aug 22, 2018 at 07:31:59 PM EST
    Epistemology it is, not "espistemology." And I know that to be true.

    My favorite line from yesterday's punditry (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 22, 2018 at 05:37:05 PM EST

    "Oh, look, it turns out truth IS truth after all"