To the extent that the discovery in exemplary works of culture and science can be said to generate what may be called contingent, culture-language bound truths, the relative validity of the question of epistemological relativism or objectivism might be given a new perspective in an interrogation of the different sources of meaning generating those truths. Is there something called ‘truth’ that is accessible through the agency of all language? Or is truth a matter of construction within the framing language? Here, we take our cue from Donald Davidson (1986), and call the foundations of knowledge both ‘subjective and objective at once’ (327), both a matter of the subjective experience of socio-linguistic contingency written into natural languages and conceptual framing within a systematized and commensurable disciplinary matrix. The suggestion in this paper is that a primary body of knowledge is always to some extent understood through the metaphors and myths that naturalize communities and individuals within a contingent natural world.
|Keywords:||Cross-culture, English, Japanese, Embodied, Cognition, Myth|
Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Kagoshima, Japan
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