Philosophy is one of the essential dimensions of human life, and therefore a key pillar of GP. Now before you heave a collective groan, let me clarify that there are different kinds of philosophy. There is the down-to-earth kind that guides our everyday lives (for example the philosophy of simplicity, or of tough love). And then there is the super-abstruse kind that is so abstract that there seems absolutely no way to apply it to our everyday lives (such as George Berkeley’s Idealist Theory of Knowledge).
This deeply thought-provoking article by Simon Critchley lies somewhere in between. At its heart lies the question: can we ever be certain of anything? Is there such a thing as absolute knowledge? It also expounds on how 20th century science, such as Einstein’s revolutionary Theory of Relativity, proved that knowledge can never be absolute.
If all knowledge is relative, what then of morality? Is morality only relative? Is there no such thing as absolute right and wrong?
Worthy of note, however, is the point that not everything is relative in Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Time and space may be relative to the observer’s velocity, but the speed of light is always constant.
Perhaps therein lies a clue to the deepest Truths of our universe.
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