Self-Evident Truths LO6853

Rol Fessenden (76234.3636@CompuServe.COM)
21 Apr 96 15:52:18 EDT

Replying to LO6821 --

I wrote

>We reached the conclusion that it may be the
>'self-evident truths', the values a society is prepared to take for
>granted or are worth striving for, which enable accepted norms of

To which Bill responded:

And went on to cite two early American documents derived from European
philosophy of about the 'Age of Enlightenment', notably Locke, and Hume.

I think that the philosophies of the Eastern world have a great deal to
offer 'self evident truths' (SETS). Perhaps a review of Houston Smith's
work is warranted. Certainly contributions from people more familiar than
I with the truths of Islam, Buddha, Confucius, and the Hindu traditions
would assist in discovering a more universal set of SETS. Bill

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Thank you Bill, for this important supplement. When we wrote the original
letter to the LO I was very sensitive to the fact that I could only offer
examples from my own culture. That was not meant to be in any sense
selective. Personally I would value any feedback from any culture. the
more cross-cultural the ultimate SETs, the richer we will all be.


Rol Fessenden LL Bean, Inc.

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