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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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