Double Truth

Double Truth

 

a term designating the doctrine of the division between philosophical and theological truths, according to which something that is true in philosophy may be false in theology, and vice versa. The double truth doctrine came into being in the Middle Ages during the era when Aristotelian philosophy was spreading, when it came to light that a number of the Aristotelian system’s philosophical tenets contradicted the dogmas of Islam and Christianity. The most influential thinker to be guided by the double truth doctrine in his polemics with Muslim theologians was Aver-roës. Deriving from this doctrine were the French 13th-century Averroism (its head at the University of Paris was Siger de Brabant) and some forms of English nominalism, such as that of John Duns Scotus and William of Ockham. The double truth doctrine was widely held during the Renaissance, by Pomponazzi, the Padua school of Averroists, and others; it furthered the development of rationalism

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During the Age of Enlightenment, there was a debate over 'the double truth thesis' which posits a contradiction regarding accepting both reason and the superstitions of the masses.
Some of the Latin Averroists, however, in effect developed what might be seen as a Thomistic distinction between our natural and supernatural ends so as approaching a variant on double truth theory: the truths of philosophy are transcended by the truths of Christian revelation (rather as Newton's physics is transcended by Einstein's).
The Double Truth, Chard deNiord's fourth collection, consists of lyric poems that examine the "double truth" of love itself, providing a modem perspective.
Descartes was a slippery dissimulator--hard to catch in the act of dissimulating--because unlike Regius, he was careful to avoid the affirmation of a double truth, wherein what is true in natural philosophy contradicts what is true in faith (184, 16-18).
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Neither the Manichean tradition nor the Averroistic double truth was what was intended or employed.
There is no mention of Averroeism or the so-called "doctrine of double truth," although a page is devoted to the Condemnation of 1277 and modern interpretations of it (18-19).
Then again, Averroes himself would have scarcely recognized the concept of the Double Truth as it was interpreted by Renan.
This notion of two dimensions of truth, or double truth has antecedents in the thirteenth-century Roman Catholic Church, which held that an idea could be both true and false: logically or philosophically true and theologically false.
For Averroes there is no question of a double truth, or a different message conveyed by religion and philosophy; both express the same reality.
Chard deNiord, The Double Truth, University of Pittsburgh P, 2011
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