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    negative truth

    "To concieve postmodernism as the negative truth of modernity is a necessary manouvre."
    Please tell me what negative truth means.
    Does it just mean "negation" ?

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    Re: negative truth

    The quotation you have is explained here The Illusions of Postmodernism - Google Book Search (Page 29, 3rd paragraph). The reason I've provided it, defining "negative truth" proves to be somewhat complicated. Here's my best try,

    Negative truth
    For example, the statement the cup is broken has a certain truth value, whereas the statement the cup is not broken has neither a truth of false value, as it applies to nothing. It's a negative truth.
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    Re: negative truth

    More clarification please!

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    Re: negative truth

    Quote Originally Posted by nimsooze View Post
    More clarification please!
    First, could you help me by telling me what you did or didn't understand from the 3rd paragraph on page 29?

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    Re: negative truth

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    For example, the statement the cup is broken has a certain truth value, whereas the statement the cup is not broken has neither a truth of false value, as it applies to nothing. It's a negative truth.
    What does mean the underlined part?why you say "it applies to nothing"?

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    Re: negative truth

    Quote Originally Posted by nimsooze View Post
    What does mean the underlined part? why you say "it applies to nothing"?
    See the analogy to The Emperor's New Clothes given on page 27, 3rd paragraph of the link I provided in post #2.

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    Re: negative truth

    ...the origins of the concept of negative truth can be traced back to Aristotle, who in his Metaphysics gave the well-known two-fold definition of what is true claiming that: ... to say of what is that it is, and of what it is not, is true ... . [Furthermore,] ... to say of what it is that it is not, or of what it is not that it is, is false.

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