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    Question escapes

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    Can anyone explain what the author mean in following sentence:
    "The fact that no experience when talked about escapes being mediated by language (this is a tautology) does not mean that all cognition, and hence all knowing, is interpretative."

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    "As Jürgen Habermas says, "since the truth of beliefs or sentences can in turn be justified only with the help of other beliefs and sentences, we cannot break free from the magic circle of our language."22 This is a clever thesis. But is it true? The fact that language is the medium in which our knowledge is represented and communicated says nothing at all about the possibilities of unmediated knowledge per se. The fact that no experience when talked about escapes being mediated by language (this is a tautology) does not mean that all cognition, and hence all knowing, is interpretative. If it were possible for any facet of reality to be known perfectly—if certain mystics, for instance, were right to think that they had enjoyed unmediated knowledge of transcendental truths— then pragmatism would be just plain wrong, realistically. The problem for the pragmatist is not that such a mystic stands a good chance of being right. The problem is that, whether the mystic is right or wrong, he must be right or wrong realistically."

    Sam Harris- End of faith pp: 181

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    Re: escapes

    Any experience that is talked about is affected by language, but that does not mean that all knowledge is affected by language.

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