Paper_4_ABEL - Daniel Yoon Expos Professor Brennen 12/7/10...

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Daniel Yoon Expos Professor Brennen 12/7/10 Illustrating how truth is personal to an individual, and demonstrating how human perspective lies tangent to the actual world representation pushes exploration to what truth is and enables one to realize the underlying effects of this “seemingness” and its gravity on human life. Throughout the ages, humans have always pursued and sought after the truth, forever trying to define the “gray-area” subjects. In his writing, “How to Tell a True War Story,” author Tim O’Brien discusses how to tell a true war story and brings up the term “seemingness” as it relates to the truths of this world. Similarly Daniel Gilbert and Annie Dillard also bring to light a possible universal truth that it is almost impossible to have unlimited compassion, as they present a myriad of experiments and statistics relating to delusion and tragedies. In a world where facts are considered a barometer of knowledge and truth, where does O’Brien’s term “seemingness” fit into the picture? Before delving deeper into the subject of truth, defining key concepts such as the term “seemingness” is imperative. Seemingness is a term used to describe an experience; not only is it necessary and sufficient to be experiential, it also has to be an uncertain experience. Furthermore seemingness occurs in the foggy, uncertain experiences of an individual where the senses are dulled. While facts, on the other hand, are solid statements that assert something that is true. Facts are composed of two aspects: mind-independent and mind-dependent. With the mind- independent view, there is a distinction between the individual’s representation of an event/experience and the actual worldly representation. For example, a book on a table will
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remain as a book on a table whether an individual thinks it or not. The other aspect of facts is the mind-dependent view, or the socially constructed view, where no distinction is made between the mind and world representation. These two aspects of facts are present in unison and O’Brien’s position utilizes both; seemingness encompasses the mind-dependent view that revolves around a mind-independent view. Without the mind-independent view, this seemingness that O’Brien speaks of is nonexistent. The last concept is knowledge, which is defined simply as justified true belief. Theses concepts that surround the aspect of truth as essential to understanding how the different author’s derive their own truths. Seemingness derives from an individual’s personal experiences and this experience in turn dictates their personal truth. O’Brien speaks about how seemingness plays in a true war story. “In any war story, but especially a true one, it’s difficult to separate what happened from what seemed to happen.
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