"Truth is a process where the forms or objects that we experience in the everyday world seek to express an idea that underlies them and is the source of their reality. This truth-making process is the case, whether we are talking about a tree, a dog, quantum mechanics or an individual person." From, Overcoming Delusion: Berea College and the Supreme Court's Destruction of Racial Equality, By Eric Z. Lucas
Language and Meaning
The correct use of language helps us intuit meaning and truth. Incorrect use: Lying--deliberate meaning-distortion--destroys this capacity. It has been said that Jacques Derrida, the father of deconstruction, maintained:
"that all the elements or objects in our languaged world are essentially differentially interconnected and reciprocally constitutive of each other".... clearly [this] seems in itself to constitute a metaphysical perspective predisposed to cosmic unity and coherence. [i]
This quote from Professor Dennis Patterson about deconstruction theory makes, for our purposes, two important points. First, it is the nature of language that no single word can stand alone and achieve meaning. The elements in our "world" of language are dependent on each other and in this way are irrevocably interconnected. The second point is that this interconnection is metaphysical in nature. In other words, the interrelatedness of the elements of language constitute part of what is objectively real. And Derrida goes so far as to say the import of such a stance implies a general view that reality is one of cosmic unity and coherence.
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