Monday, April 6, 2015

Quote of the Day II

John McWhorter:
A key theme in the development of the West is the increasing value placed on 1) the individual, and 2) the factual. As such, the idea that the narrative is “what we really need to be talking about” sounds insightful, but is actually a veiled argument that moral advancement means fighting the Enlightenment.

Just clarify for those who won't click through.  In this context, "the narrative" is a story or point of view, for example that their is a rape crisis on college campuses, that is more important than facts in any particular case. 


Withywindle said...

A problem with the Enlightenment is assuming that facts are self-evident and self-arguing; hence anyone who disagrees with you must be disagreeing with the facts, hence is stupid, evil, and to be guillotined forthwith. The PC Left is loathesome, but that strand of the Enlightenment has problems too.

FLG said...

You're right, the people who have the bumper stickers that say "You are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts" are often not particularly interested in facts, as ending debate about an issue.

I prefer to say that facts are important, but have no meaning until it is ascribed to them by humans.

Withywindle said...


I should mention that McWhorter actually said something like that at the end of his article, so my ire is just for the first sentence he wrote.

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