PHL217H1 (Lecture 12)
1.) A contrast with the inter-subjective element in Hegel’s conception of truth
- Knowledge about other minds comes into play in this concept of truth but
the concern is with knowledge of reality.
- Knowledge about content of other minds is a concern for Hegel only
- Simmel is concerned with inter-personal truth; the truth we share with
2.) Comparison of persons with other objects of knowledge
- Both kinds of truth (knowledge of mind and reality) are necessary for
progress in life.
- Both kinds of truths are typically concerned with quality of objects rather
- Neither is absolute in the sense of being complete
- While nature can conceal itself, it never lies to us
- Unlike other objects, people modify their behaviour because they know
others are interacting with them.
3.) Interpersonal truth as a pre-condition of society
- Simmel derives that our knowledge of each other is largely true because of
how well we get along with each other.
- The typical tendencies of people is what one needs to know in this case
- Used examples of Kate and Leopold & Blast from the past
4.) Society as a pre-condition of inter-personal knowledge