The acceptance of an aesthetic or pragmatic view of truth can lead us to feel like the poor relative of our more successful cousins in the hard sciences. When we turn to these sciences—physics, chemistry, biology, and the like—we may think that they don’t have to settle for such a debased form of knowing; they have not had to turn to affectivity as the standard of truth. Scientific truth seems to possess a rigor that extends beyond human valuing. We look at astronomy, for instance, and feel that it has proved that the Earth orbits around the sun, rather than the other way around. The movement of celestial bodies, dim theories of relationally determined being aside, are not influenced by human concerns, ...

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