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03:40 pm: Truth

Granted that in this postmodern moment, when we are told that only willfully naive positivists seek something called the truth, it is important to acknowledge that more than one discrepant version may be true in some important sense. But some versions, surely, must have more points of contact with external reality and actual events than others.

Paul Farmer, Pathologies of Power

I found it to be a fine paragraph, even devoid of context. In context, however, it refers to the damning difference between the US government and mass media accounts of the treatment of Haitian refugees in the 1980s, compared with the eyewitness accounts of the refugees themselves and those of the health workers ministering to them.

Originally published at chris.dwan.org. You can comment here or there.



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