Stale Bread

How old does an argument have to be before it can assume the de facto status of being foundational?  Before it can just be assumed as a given?

How popular must it be with philosophers, serious theologians, or John Q Public before it simply becomes the truth?

Can you build arguments upon layers of previous arguments - a philosophical Stratum Ex nihilo?

Or, in the end, do you always have to ground your arguments in some factual observation about reality? 

1 comment:

Harvey said...

Obviously, if there are no observable "facts" to support your philosophy, you must fall back upon previous ideas that are not proven either, but which have been repeated as "truth" as often as possible over the millennia.