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.
For one thing, we should consider that the framers belonged to a generation (though Patrick Henry had his own views) that believed in the "Double Truth
": The masses of people may need "superstitious" religion, but the educated elite believed, at most, in a non-supernatural, rationalistic God roughly equivalent to Nature, as Jefferson stated, or the abstract creative force behind it, certainly not in such things as conception by a virgin, the Resurrection, or Jesus' unique status as God as well as mortal.
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).
For our purposes here those inconsistencies will be dichotomised with a Straussian methodology of 'double truth
' (Smith, 2009: 3)--distinguishing between esoteric and exoteric neoliberalisms.
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).
"The Double Truth
, Ruth: Do the Right Thing and the Culture of Ambiguity." African American Review 32 (1998): 215-27.
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).
In an even cruder sense than that it is the kind of "double truth
" that characterizes the public rhetoric of any politician who says one thing to the public but is aware of a deeper truth in private.
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The Averroistic "Double Truth
" provides the linguistic and philosophical tools for doing so.