The Right to the Truth?
December 19, 2008 § 2 Comments
Which enjoys prioricity, the right to be told the truth or the telos of language to communicate the truth to others? It may be a question of the chicken and the egg, but this question has been stumping me for nearly a month (ask D…he’s had an earful or three). Although I still have to decide whether there *is* a fundamental human right to be told the truth – I agree that there is a right to pursue the truth, but to be told? – I think the telos of language must be prior. I come to this conclusion for two reasons: first, man alone as rational animal has at least the potential to speak a language (repetition by a parrot does not count) and thus by virtue of merely being in existence possesses the gift of language and the telos of language. This reason by itself, though, would not be enough to give this telos prioricity.
The second reason I came up with involved a thought experiment. Suppose no human being on this planet did have the right to be told the truth: would not the speaker, based solely on the fact that he spoke a language and the telos of language was to communicate the truth, have the responsibility to speak the truth?
Obviously I need to refine this more than a bit more, and address the question of whether there is a right to be told the truth (or a telos of language for that matter).
In other news, I foiled a very nice attempt at a prank made by D. and his younger brother last night. I am very proud of myself. His brother called me on the phone and pretended to be D.: he used D’s usual forms of greeting, etc. and sounds almost exactly like his brother. Luckily I was expecting something like this, so I was highly skeptical and noticed that the voice was not quite the same. I called their bluff, and they got a good laugh out of it. Goofy guys. :::shakes head:::
Only six more hours until I am off of work for Christmas break. Huzzahs!!!!