The truth is in between

One can learn an awful lot walking about Pitsea, Essex, late at night in pursuit of beer, but one does not suspect a philosophical awakening, of any calibre. Though, on this particular Saturday night (the 14th of March 2010) a linguistic challenge of epic proportions was put to us – the beer pursuers we shall call ourselves – in the form of a sign.

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson, a former chair of Divinity at Gresham College in 2001, and the first woman to hold the title, delivered a lecture at about that same time, where she discussed the co-ordinates of what might be called ‘Truth’. She discussed two particularly influential thinkers, into the scope of the subject by saying:

Both Lacan and Wittgenstein agree that language in fact can make the world of things present to us. ‘When you understand what is expressed in the signs of the language, it is always, in the end, on account of light coming to you from outside of the signs The truth is outside of the signs, elsewhere.’

But the expedition undertaken by the beer pursuers found quite a different conclusion to the question of where truth may exist, in relation to signs, and it is closer to the title of the said lecture: Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson’s lecture that night was entitled The Truth is in Between – and it really rather was, particularly for the diversion of pedestrians.


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