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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 4:32:10 PM
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"There are no facts, only interpretations" - Nietzsche

What does the quote mean in simple or layman' terms?

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 4:42:55 PM

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Well, to me, it means that you have your own viewpoint (and everyone else has their own).

I observe a group of teenagers standing around outside a cafe - I "see" some people out to enjoy themselves.
Another person observes the same thing and "sees" a mob of hooligans getting ready to riot.
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Jigneshbharati wrote:

"There are no facts, only interpretations" - Nietzsche

What does the quote mean in simple or layman' terms?

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This is also known as "relativism," where it is simply considered an opinion and not an absolute truth. The danger to such a belief is that no one can ever be right, so it encourages anarchy.
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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 11:56:45 PM

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This means that the truth is a matter of point of view or perspective - even the presumable objective (or universal) truth of the hard sciences. What we call "objective truth" belongs to one culture, is built upon values such as "impartiality" or upon the notion that the truth is something good for the humans, etc. These conception is close to the anthropological conception of what constitutes the notion of truth in one culture. For an American Native, for instance, truth is a matter of relation with spirits and other entities, not relation between a universally rational consciousness and an object that is "there" like a rough fact.
palapaguy
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Jigneshbharati wrote:

"There are no facts, only interpretations" - Nietzsche

What does the quote mean in simple or layman' terms?

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It means, for example, that 1+1=2 provided that's how I feel today. Otherwise, 1+1 could mean anything. And it could change at any time.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 2:25:38 AM

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Also - since there are no facts, only interpretations . . .

"There are no facts, only interpretations" means whatever you decide to interpret it to mean! Dancing Dancing Whistle
Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 8:13:13 AM

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palapaguy wrote:

It means, for example, that 1+1=2 provided that's how I feel today. Otherwise, 1+1 could mean anything. And it could change at any time.


I think Nietzsche referred to facts of life. Mathematical facts are facts (maybe the only ones). Because the fact that 1 + 1 = 2 derives by formal logic from the very definitions of what is "one" and what is "plus".

If you define "one" and "plus" differently you'll come up with other facts about them. Those facts will also be absolutely true within that differently defined framework.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 3:40:07 AM

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Ah, but . . .

Some people consider that 1+1 = 2.
Some people consider that 1+1 = a couple - and 1+1+1 = trouble. Whistle

But until the result is observed, it is indeterminate . . .


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