Language, Truth and Justice  

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"I shall be travelling in what follows a somewhat winding road, and so here is my central thesis. If there is no truth, there is no injustice. Stated less simplistically, if truth is wholly relativized or internalized to particular discourses or language games or social practices, there is no injustice. The victims and protesters of any putative injustice are deprived of their last and often best weapon, that of telling what really happened. They can only tell their story, which is something else. Morally and politically, therefore, anything goes."--"Language, Truth and Justice" (1995) Norman Geras


"Thanks to ... post-modernist currents, there is ... these days a regrettable ... radical relativism."--"Language, Truth and Justice" (1995) Norman Geras


"I shall count a philosopher as a cultural relativist for our purposes if I have not been able to find anyone who can explain to me why he isn't a cultural relativist. Thus I count Richard Rorty as a cultural relativist because his explicit formulations are relativist ones."--"Why Reason Can't Be Naturalized" (1982) by Hilary Putnam

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Language, Truth and Justice” (New Left Review 209, January–February 1995) is an essay by Norman Geras collected in Solidarity in the Conversation of Humankind (1995).

It features the dictum "If there is no truth, there is no injustice".

The essay is a reaction to Contingency, Irony and Solidarity by Rorty.

It cites Moments of Reprieve and The Drowned and the Saved by Primo Levi.



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