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Unformatted text preview: would not loose their motive to drink Coca-Cola just because you would point out to them that there is no fairy-kingdom in the Coca-Cola machine, or even if you opened up the machine and showed them what is inside, most people with nationalistic ground projects would not give up on these even if they were presented with all the necessary facts about the nature of the state they live in, its constitutional and legal order. This should be the sign that these projects are not based on some factual false belief about the state, but on CEU eTD Collection the way individuals see its worth. It might very well be the case that someone who has acquired the state as her groundproject due to the fact that she started imagining it in the way suggested by nationalist imagery, as “an assailed inheritance derived to us from our forefathers, and to be transmitted to our posterity”62, holds no specific beliefs about this state that would be in conflict with its real, or self-professed nature. Such a person may not hold any expectations that should be 61 62 Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (London: Penguin Books, 2004), 194-195 Citation belongs to Burke, but is quoted by Tamir, “Pro Patri Mori”, 233 38 fulfilled if the state is to prove itself worthy of personal sacrifice. In other words, her beliefs about the state would not be falsifiable. The difference from Williams’ example with gin and gasoline is obvious. The moment the man from Williams’ example takes a sip of his gasoline&tonic cocktail he will understand that he actually had no reason to drink it, or even make it, simply because it does not satisfy his desire for gin&tonic. But the person who buys Coca-Cola from a machine after seeing the TV comercial, will not be dissatisfied with what she gets, because she had no falsifiable belief about the quality or taste of the drink which came from the machine, but was only under the impression of a certain metaphorical image which made her value the drink (or deem it worthy of drinking) in a way she probably would not if she had not seen this image. The same goes for a person who is, under the impression of nationalist imagery, led to acquire her state’s well-being as her ground project – for this motive is not based on any falsifiable, and therefore any false, beliefs. What it is based on are images, and images can not be false. Or can they? I dedicate the next chapter to the answer that Macintyre offers in his essay “Poetry and Political Philosophy: Notes on Burke and Yeats”. 3.2.1 ON TRUTH AND FALSITY OF IMAGES CEU eTD Collection “Images are true or false”, says Macintyre, “but not in the same way statements are. Statements say or fail to say how things are; images show or fail to show how things are. Images are true as long as they are revelatory, false insofar as they obscure, disguise, or distort. But the reality that an image represents more or less adequately is not the one to which we have access independently of...
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2013 for the course ENGLISH LI 21 taught by Professor Han during the Fall '13 term at Tsinghua University.

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