argument preference

The holistic, dialectic argument for the existence of God was the following: “. . . Just as two people watch a cup on the table, one sees a cup with a handle, the other must see a cup without a handle if he is looking from the opposite perspective . . . each one of them can only see a part of the truth.  Is nothing the ultimate truth? . . . there must be a way to add up all the different perspectives. . . . Such a sum or ‘whole’ consists of every idiosyncratic perspective, but reveals the truth as a whole.  This marvelous ‘whole’ cannot be designed or found by any individual alone.  We must, therefore, have recourse to a necessarily existent Being who is above every idiosyncratic entity . . .”

Richard E. Nisbett, The Geography of Thought

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