The Diamond Theory of Truth part 1


“Adorned with cryptic
stones and sliding shines,
An immaculate personage in
nothingness,
With the whole spirit
sparkling in its cloth,
Generations of the
imagination piled
In the manner of its
stitchings, of its thread,
In the weaving round the
wonder of its need,
And the first flowers upon
it, an alphabet
By which to spell out holy
doom and end,
A bee for the remembering
of happiness.”
Plato’s Diamond Revisited
Ivars Peterson’s Nov. 27,
2000 column “Square of the
Hypotenuse” which
discusses the diamond
figure as used by
Pythagoras (perhaps) and
Plato. Other references to
the use of Plato’s diamond
in the proof of the
Pythagorean theorem:
Huxley —
“… and he proceeded to
prove the theorem of
Pythagoras — not in
Euclid’s way, but by the
simpler and more satisfying
method which was, in all
probability, employed by
Pythagoras himself….
‘You see,’ he said, ‘it
seemed to me so
beautiful….’
I nodded. ‘Yes, it’s very
beautiful,’ I said — ‘it’s
very beautiful indeed.'”
Plato’s Beard versus
Occam’s Razor
Richard J. Trudeau, in The
Non-Euclidean Revolution
(see above), opposes what
he calls the Story Theory
of truth [i.e., Quine,
nominalism, postmodernism]
to the traditional Diamond
Theory of truth [i.e., Plato,
realism, the Roman Catholic
Church]. This opposition
goes back to the medieval
“problem of universals”
debated by scholastic
philosophers

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