Monday, October 27, 2008

The UnTruth Quote of the Week

What is wrong with this quote?

"What, then, is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms--in short, a sum of human relations, which have been enhanced, transposed, and embellished poetically and rhetorically, and which after long use seem firm, canonical and obligatory to a people: truths are illusions about which one has forgotten that this is what they are: metaphors which are worn out and without sensuous power; coins which have lost their pictures and now matter only as metal, no longer as coins."

- Friedrich Nietzsche, as quoted in The Hermeneutical Spiral, p. 483.