column | HELP, IN ON! Are they relativ?
So confusing, those Dutch culture wars. Leftists like Gramsci appear on the right, and rightists like Schmitt appear well on the left. Progressive minds, traditionally skeptical of mainstream knowledge, now turn to “science”. In their structuralist, supranational struggle, the right wing hooligans borrow eagerly from the Marxists.
But it can get even crazier.
in Defense Van Unghoor Nederland v. NPO’s application to revoke this broadcaster’s broadcasting license calls Arnold Karskens and his associates as witnesses for the accused intellectuals who are often known in their circles as relative left-wing irritants.
Through an attorney ON! We read that “there is no clear distinction from the philosophy of science between fact and opinion.” Yes, because “epistemologically” there are “very few facts”. Here they are: “Mathematics (1 +1 = 2)” and “observations” as simple as: There are ten people in a square.” The rest is interpretation or opinion. Philosopher Thomas Kuhn already knew: what is truth depends on one’s own framework or model your.
what the hell? Do hackers suddenly no longer believe in the hard truths about urbanization and the like that they like to beat around the ears? The broadcaster is under heavy criticism for spreading “misinformation” and “incorrect information”. But – good pooh! So these facts are just opinions?
You begin to understand it when you read who picked this for them: “Professor Kletter”, a regular on The Announcer. The NPO makes a “naive” distinction between facts and opinions, Concludes In two lavishly long sections reports.
witty. So is this ex-Leiden legal philosopher now advocating that only facts are relative, which he has relentlessly argued for two decades as postmodern nonsense?
Because we don’t just talk about science. Moral judgments are as universal as gravity, Cliteur wrote in this paper in 2000. “Can’t physics be compared to ethics? In fact: moral rules also pretend to have universal validity.”
Well, the operation of natural law is something very different from the content of the standard, but it is a good one. also in his Encyclopedia of Legal Sciences Cliteur deals extensively with cultural relativism. Students must get rid of it immediately.
Yes, but what is it now? Are Ongehoord Nederland’s moral claims and judgments exactly like gravity, or are they the opinions of a group that others, especially non-profit organizations, should steer clear of?
if A true sophist, Cliteur unerringly recognizes the nonprofit’s weak point: intentional pluralism. And yes, to get your broadcast license, you want to play the relative.
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A version of this article also appeared in the May 11, 2023 Journal.
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