Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Kierkegaard on truth

The truth is a trap: you can not get it without it getting you; you cannot get the truth by capturing it, only by its capturing you. (Søren Kierkegaard)
This 'being captured by the truth' is echoed, in a sense, in mathematical research (and in science as well). It's as if a certain picture of the world (visible/physical or invisible/mathematical) progressively unfolds inside us, acquiring in the process a 'pointing beyond', iconic feature, that lifts ourselves.